Celebrate the Jewish experience through Cinema! 2017 ABQ Jewish Film Fest will showcase five acclaimed, recently released films from the U.S., Israel, and Italy.
The Women's Balcony and Let Yourself Go! will be shown at UA High Ridge Theatre.
Body & Soul, Welcome to Kutsher's, and Carvalho's Journey will be shown at the JCC.
To purchase tickets and for more information about the ABQ Jewish Film Fest, call 505-348-4518.
The Women's Balcony
Thursday 7/20, 7:00 pm
Comedy-Drama (UA High Ridge Theatre)
Critic's Choice New York Times and Los Angeles Times
Israel's #1 Film of the Year!
When the women's balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi's wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. A rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
(2016, Israel; 96 min; Hebrew with English subtitles)
Body & Soul: An American Bridge
Saturday 7/22, 7:30 pm
Musical Documentary (JCC)
Saturday Night at the Movies: Jazz at the J
Live jazz quartet, wine & snacks follow the screening
Out of all the cross-cultural encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships between African Americans and American Jews. This film aims to tease out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard, "Body and Soul," one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire. Performances by: John Coltrane, Diane Schuur, Louis Armstrong and The Benny Goodman Trio.
(2016, U.S.; 58 minutes; English)
Welcome to Kutsher's
Sunday 7/23, 2:00 pm
Historical Documentary (JCC)
One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's has been family-owned and operated for over 100 years. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience—and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries—this documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes. Come early for a yummy NY deli nosh catered by Ruth Rosenstein's Rhubarb & Elliott café at the J (separate charge).
(2015, U.S.; 112 minutes; English)
Order deli lunch ($10 by July 19th )
Enter the raffle at the film showing to win One Night Stay at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe.
Let Yourself Go!
Monday 7/24, 7:00 pm
Comedy (UA High Ridge Theatre)
This quirky and fun Italian comedy tells the story of Elia, a middle-aged Jewish psychoanalyst who lives next door to—and is still secretly in love with—his ex-wife, Paola. When his physician tells him to "get up off the couch" and start exercising, he reluctantly agrees. His life changes after he encounters Claudia, a personal trainer whose up-beat attitude and off-beat lifestyle brings Elia out of his funk and awakens him to the joys of life.
(2017, Italy; 107 minutes; Italian with English subtitles)
Tuesday 7/25, 7:00 pm
Historical/Biographical Documentary (JCC)
A real life 19th century American western adventure story, Carvalho's Journey tells the extraordinary story of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, and his life as a groundbreaking photographer, artist and pioneer in American history. Robert Shlaer, daguerreotype expert and featured on-camera narrator, will be guest speaker following the film. This screening is presented in partnership with the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival and the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society.
(2015, U.S.; 87 minutes; English)