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Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival

Saturday, April 19, 2014
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event Type:
Paul Drescher
(831) 471-8491
Location Details:
Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center
3055 Porter Gulch Rd. Aptos

Apr. 17, 19 & 23 Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival

The Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival screens extraordinary, award-winning and exclusive films on April 17 at the Del Mar Theater, April 19 at Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center, and April 23 at the Aptos Cinema in the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center.

Admission is $10 general, $8 students and seniors.
Admission to “Watchers of the Sky” on Saturday night, April 19, 7:40 p.m. is FREE for students.

For more information, call (831) 471-8491 or e-mail pauldad22 [at]

Saturday, April 19 Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center
3055 Porter Gulch Rd. Aptos

5:00 p.m. MOM, DAD I’M MUSLIM Documentary, Hebrew with English subtitles, 55 minutes
Directed by Anat Tel Mendelovich

The daughter of devout Jews in a small Israeli town converts to Islam. An intimate look inside an unusual family in which a beloved daughter’s choices defy family and community expectations. "Mom, Dad, I'm Muslim" provides an extraordinary example of how people of different faiths -- even under the same roof -- can co-exist and respect each other's beliefs, and that our differences don't have to pull us apart; they can, in fact, bring us all closer together.

6:00 p.m. Passover Reception public welcome
Celebrate the 14th running of the SCJFF on the 6th night of Passover, with wine, coffee, tea and Passover goodies. No black tie required, come as you are! Mingle. schmooze and nosh on Passover finger food. (What, you were expecting Carnegie deli?)

THE PALE OF SETTLEMENT (18 minutes, color, Russian with English subtitles)
The riveting historical reenactment of the filmmaker’s great-grand-father who escaped conscription in the Czar’s army as a boy and eventually found his way to America.

MOSES ON THE MESA (19 minutes, color, English)
The real-life story of the German Jewish immigrant who became governor of a Native American tribe during the days of the Wild West.

A THING SO SMALL (Animation, 9 minutes)
A girl remembers the grandmother she loved.

THIS IS THE CLOSEST TO HOW THE FOOTAGE LOOKED (10 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles) 2014 Sundance Festival award winner tells the emotional story of preserved and lost memories.


7:40 p.m. WATCHERS OF THE SKY Documentary, 120 minutes, English.
FREE ADMISSION for students.

WATCHERS OF THE SKY weaves together four stories of remarkable courage, compassion and determination, while uncovering the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin - the man who created the word "genocide" and dedicated himself to enacting an international law to help prevent mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, WATCHERS OF THE SKY takes the viewer on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice and from apathy to action. With dazzling animation and footage from Nuremburg to the Sudan, this film profiles the heroes who found their purpose in bringing justice to the powerless. Moving and uplifting for all ages.

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award for U.S. Documentary, this film artfully blends historical footage, reenactment, and animation.

“An impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance.” – Variety

Follow WATCHERS OF THE SKY on Facebook and Twitter @WatchersofSky.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 5:01PM
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