The Virtual 2020 Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival is now over, but some films have been extended through Sunday, November 1.

We shared an exciting lineup of films this year!

Your generous donations make it possible for the SCJFF to bring these amazing films to our community. Thank you!

Below are the movies and links to movies still available.  When you click a watch button, you will be taken to a donation page before you can view the movies.

THEY’RE WITH ME

THEY’RE WITH ME  –  Rachel is a lovesick thirty year old whose broken engagement has left her emotionally paralyzed.  But  that is about to change when she is visited by her dead relatives, who show up to help her move forward in her life. English, 12 minutes.

Meet filmmaker Rachel Fleischer on Zoom this Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 1:40 pm for Q&A!

JAI (Chai/Life)

JAI (Chai/Life) How do Holocaust survivors explain to their dear young grandchild about the numbers tattooed on their arms? The answers they give are life-affirming magic! Mexico, 9 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles.

JAI is presented courtesy of the Jewish Film Institute and filmmaker Ariel Zylbersztjn. Watch FREE Now!

A CALL TO SPY 

A CALL TO SPY tells the thrilling true story of three women who volunteered to infiltrate Nazi-occupied France to commit sabotage and espionage. Access to this movie has been EXTENDED through Sunday, November 1.  Note that you must create an account at Eventive if you don’t have one in order to view the movie. Enter your name and email on the next two screens and at Eventive create an account password that you choose. Then Log in and unlock the movie with the unlock code that you receive in an email from the SCJFF.  Presented in partnership with IFC Films and Tamar Simon from Mean Streets Management. Available for viewing only within California. Drama, 2 hours 3 minutes long.

Meet writer/producer/star Sarah Meghan Thomas on a Zoom call Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 am for Q & A!

ACROSS THE LINE

ACROSS THE LINE  –  The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is distilled in this tongue-in-cheek short film. Hananel, a young and stubborn religious Israeli is hurrying home for Shabbat from the West Bank. He encounters Munthir, a needy and equally stubborn Palestinian hitchhiker, and they embark on a series of mix-ups that teach them about communication, friendship, and mutual respect. In English, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles, 29 minutes.

AULCIE

AULCIE  – Aulcie Perry was a talented African-American player rejected by the NBA but recruited to play for the Maccabee Tel Aviv professional basketball team. He quickly became the country’s biggest star, leading his team to victory in international tournaments. He found love with Israeli super model Tami Ben Ami to form an Israeli power couple. His fall from grace and ultimate redemption fuel this uplifting and soulful story, from award-winning director Dani Menkin. This film is no longer available for viewing at the 2020 Virtual SCJFF.  In English and Hebrew with subtitles, 74 minutes.

BLACK HAT

BLACK HAT  –  An Orthodox married man carries on a secret life. Will his black hat give him away?

This film is no longer available for viewing at the 2020 Virtual SCJFF.

BOX FOR LIFE

BOX FOR LIFE  –  Noah Klieger has been described as the Forrest Gump of Israel. He joined the boxing team of Auschwitz and become the last living member of that team. Liberated from those horrors, he nearly drowned after jumping ship when the British stopped the Exodus immigrant transport ship to Israel. He fought in the war of independence and then started a career in journalism, covering the Eichmann and “Ivan the Terrible” trials on his way to becoming the oldest active journalist in the world. Don’t miss this amazing and inspirational documentary biography! In English and Hebrew with subtitles, 61 minutes.

HATE AMONG US

HATE AMONG US examines the history and recent rise in hate crimes and anti-semitism, from producers Montel Williams and Dean Cain, who are not Jewish. “It may start with the Jews, but it never ends with the Jews.” This film is no longer available for viewing at the 2020 Virtual SCJFF. U.S. documentary, 90 minutes.

LEAVING MEMEL

LEAVING MEMEL, Refugees from the Reich tells one family’s true story of stealth, deception, and survival, from pre-Holocaust Europe through American immigration.

Join filmmaker Fred Finkelstein on a Zoom call Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm for Q & A about  the making of the film. Reserve your spot here. U.S. documentary, 42 minuets.

LOVE IN SUSPENDERS

LOVE IN SUSPENDERS  – This geriatric  romantic comedy features zany and heartwarming characters in odd and emotional situations. Erratic driver Tammy, a 64 year old widow, distracted by the memory of her loving, late husband, inadvertently hits Beno, a bitter 70 year old widower. So begins an up and down love affair that will leave you inspired and amused. In Hebrew with English subtitles, 98 minutes. We are sorry but this film is no longer available for viewing at the 2020 Virtual SCJFF.

THE PICTURE OF HIS LIFE

THE PICTURE OF HIS LIFE  –  Brave, iron-willed Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, his unique photographic approach puts him face-to-face with his dangerous subjects without protection. At age 65 he undertakes his greatest challenge: photographing polar bears underwater in the open sea. Another stunningly beautiful film from directors Yonatan Nir and  Dani Menkin. English and Hebrew with subtitles, 75 minutes. This film is no longer available for viewing at the 2020 Virtual SCJFF

SUSTAINABLE NATION

SUSTAINABLE NATION profiles three Israeli entrepreneurs solving environmental problems around the world: in Israel, India, Africa, and even in the central valley of California. An inspiring documentary film for anyone who holds dear the Jewish values of tikkun olam, healing the world, and seeks sustainable solutions to current environmental challenges. In English and subtitled, 60 minutes.

TU BOCA EN LOS CIELOS

YOUR WISHES IN HEAVEN (Tu Boca En Los Cielos) – The North African Sephardic community originated with the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. This documentary, in Spanish and English, uncovers a treasure trove of Sephardic culture, accompanied by the enchanting melodies of original Sephardic music. In Spanish with English subtitles, 56 minutes.

Here’s a glimpse of our 2020 program…

Love in Suspenders, a grumpy comedy from Israel.
PolarBear 2
Polar Bears underwater
Love in Suspenders, a grumpy comedy from Israel. PolarBear 2 Polar Bears underwater

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