Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival – Saturday, April 1 – April 5, 2017
The Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival is pleased to announce its 2017 film program.
Please note that our Opening Night Reception has been moved to Saturday, April 1.
Saturday, April 1 at the Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos
6:00 p.m. Reception Shmooze and nosh with friends and fellow film lovers. Raffle to put other raffles to shame. Ours is quick and cheap, very smart, nothing too fancy or boring. Who needs that.
7:00 p.m. EL HAR Documentary, Tunisia/France 15 min. 2016 A filmmaker’s poetic memoir of a lost community in northern Africa.
followed by RESTORING TOMORROW Documentary, USA 90 mins. 2016
A Los Angeles treasure, the Wilshire Blvd. Temple, built by the original Hollywood moguls, was facing a disgraceful demise. The historic building and the future of a central Los Angeles community was at stake. A rabbi and a filmmaker go on very personal quests. “A genuinely inspiring movie with a great story to tell.” Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy
Monday, April 3 Del Mar Theater 1124 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz
6:30 p.m. ONCE IN A LIFETIME Drama, France, 105 mins. 2014
Underprivileged and rebellious French high school kids, more concerned with jeans than genocide, are driven to compete in a contest which changes the students’ attitudes dramatically. Based on a true story, co-written by a French Muslim, the film won awards at New Hampshire, Boston, Santa Barbara and Toronto film festivals.
8:20 p.m. ON THE MAP Documentary, Israel, 85 mins. 2016
During a dark period for Israel the national basketball team fought its way to the 1977 European Championship in a quest for their own “miracle on hardwood”. This delightful movie profiles a team that captured the heart of a nation and surprised the world. Special guest appearance.
Wednesday, April 5 Del Mar Theater 1124 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz
6:30 p.m. IS THAT YOU? Drama, Israel/USA, 81 mins. 2014
Ronnie, a 60- year old film projectionist fired from his job, ventures off to the U.S. in search of Rachel, the love of his youth. This quirky romantic road trip by filmmaker Dani Menkin (DOLPHIN BOY) was nominated for best film at the 2014 Israeli Academy Awards.
8:00 p.m. FANNY’S JOURNEY Drama, France/Belgium, 95 mins. 2016
It’s 1943, and 13-year old Franny and ten other children are sent from France to an Italian orphanage for Jews. Soon these kids are on their own and on the run from the Nazis. They must achieve the impossible: reach the Swiss border and freedom. Based on a true story.