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There's a lot of Jewish things happening in Albuquerque and beyond, a lot of things to plan for, a lot of things not to miss.

 

Hadassah and Albuquerque JCC Present

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival 

Stars in the Dark @ Various Santa Fe Venues @ 24-31 May 2015 

What It Is: Film noir may have the look and feel of an American film genre, but many of its directors were émigrés from Europe in the 1920s or refugees fleeing Hitler in the 1930s. 

Not surprisingly, many were also Jewish. Often speaking little English, they brought experiences as strangers in a strange land and an aesthetic that informed their work. 

Stars in the Dark: Émigrés, Exiles and Film Noir is a week long tribute to these filmmakers and artists, looking at the lives they left behind, the ones they created, and the films they made. Presented by the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival.

Congregation Nahalat Shalom Presents 

Festival Djudeo Espanyol 2015 @ Congregation Nahalat Shalom 
                                                                       @ Fri 29 May through Sun 31 May 2015

What It Is: Albuquerque's annual Festival honoring the Spanish Jewish presence in New Mexico. A celebration of New Mexico's Crypto-Jewish history, language, and culture. 

This year's theme is Sephardic Culture Across the Centuries: History, Poetry and Song.
Rabbi Jordi Gendra, Master of Ceremonies.

Wright's Indian Art

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience and Albuquerque JCC Present

Albuquerque Jewish Film Fest @ Various Albuquerque Venues @ 1-7 June 2015

What It Is: The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience is a a flagship event that represents community, innovation and creative achievement in film, music, arts, and entertainment.

AFME programming includes new media and technology, domestic and international movies, food and art, engaging conversations, panels and face-to-face time with industry leaders in attendance. 

This year’s international program will spotlight filmmaking and artistry from Latin America.  

Here is this year's lineup of films: 

Dancing in Jaffa

Monday June 1, 7:00 pm; with Special Guest, Pierre Dulaine (NHCC)                                                                                      

Ballroom dancing bridges gaps between Jewish and Palestinian children in Israel in “Dancing in Jaffa,” a surprising, well-crafted, award-winning  documentary about how the celebrated dancer Pierre Dulaine, founder of Dancing Classrooms, a tremendously successful inter-ethnic program in New York, returned to help his hometown of Jaffa, which he fled as a 4-year-old in 1948. Starting with a seemingly impossible situation, marked by deep cultural restrictions and war-forged trauma, Hilla Medalia’s film traces a slow but inexorable process of change as spitting enemies learn to tango, rumba and meringue together. “Dancing in Jaffa” offers an up-close-and-personal perspective of how the future might unfold if the art of movement and dance could triumph over the politics of history and geography (2013, 90 min)

24 DAYS:  The True Story of the Ilan Halimi Affair

Wednesday June 3, 7:00 pm  (NHCC)

Winner of (4) U.S. Film Festival Audience Awards and the Lia Award - Jerusalem Film Festival , “24 DAYS” is a gripping and carefully-plotted thriller that tells the true story of the 2006 kidnapping-for-ransom and torture of 23 year old Jewish Ilan Halimi in a Paris suburb by The Gang of Barbarians. Backed by a top-notch cast, director Alexandre Arcady’s white-knuckle dramatization follows the massive police manhunt and the family’s nightmarish ordeal as they race the clock to find Ilan and his abductors.  “24 DAYS” compellingly pinpoints how France continues to deal with racial tensions and anti-Semitism almost a decade later. (2014, 110 minutes French with English subtitles)

Havana Curveball

Thursday June 4, 6:00 pm (NHCC)

Mica is a classic young teen. Enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age ritual. He takes to heart his Rabbi’s requirement to help “heal the world.” Imagining himself a savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseball equipment to less fortunate kids in Cuba, the country that offered refuge to his beloved Austrian grandfather during WWII. Nearly 70 years later, Mica feels a need to repay the debt. Enthusiastically collecting bats, mitts and balls, he never considers that his good intentions might not be enough. “Havana Curveball” observes Mica shift from high-pitched boy to broad-shouldered young man, as he squares off against the complexity of the adult world. After two years, he finally boards a plane to Havana with his family, 200 pounds of baseball gear, and all the rhetoric, expectations, and worries of family, friends, and history in tow. Imagining he is finally in the home stretch, his experience there is transformative. (2014, 60 minutes)

Jubanos: The Jews of Cuba

Thursday June 4, 7:10 pm (NHCC)

Cuba is known for its revolutionary leaders, communism, cigars, and 50s cars. However, religion does not define this small island. When the Cuban Revolution hit in 1961, religion was banned, leaving the Cuban Jewish Community struggling to sustain itself for nearly three decades. JUBANOS: THE JEWS OF CUBA, tells the humbling story of the 1500 Jews who remained in the country despite the difficulties. With exclusive interviews from members of the scattered Jewish community, this documentary explores how the new generation re-learned what so many had previously forgotten. The journey to rediscovering and reviving Jewish life raises questions about faith, sustenance, strength, and the future, which the Cuban Jews continue to face up until today. (2010, 42 minutes; Spanish with English subtitles)

Deli Man

Sunday June 7, 1:00 pm (JCC);  with special Knish, Hot Dog, & pickle lunch @ $5 at 12:30 pm

For some, delicatessen food is close to a religious experience:  a tender, crumbling cut of corned beef steeped in its juices; a full-bodied garlic dill pickle; spicy brown mustard with grain. The recipes and culinary garnishes from Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Romania flowed into late 19th and early 20th century America soon became part of an American culinary and cultural vernacular – Deli. The principal guide of “Deli Man” is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking, French-trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston.  The story of the American deli is the story of Jews – their immigration, migration, upward mobility, and western assimilation. Jerry Stiller, Larry King and others are featured. (2014, 60 minutes)

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