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Upcoming Films

Sunu

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Director Teresa Camou in person

Sunú is the indigenous word for Maize by the Tarahumara people of Northern Mexico. It is a central part of the culture, identity, economy, community, spirituality as well as cuisine in all of Mexico. However, the Mexican state has been working to support Monsanto’s efforts to bring genetically modified seeds into Mexico, and the government is helping contaminate native corn. Determined to remain free and independent, Sunú shows farmers working the land and cultivating their seeds and being true to their cultures.

12:30p, February 25

The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents RED LEAVES

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… beautifully acted …” “… tour de force performance …” Jerusalem Post Indiewire.com

Tradition clashes with modernity in Bazi Gete’s RED LEAVES. Winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival’s award for BEST DEBUT FILM, the story follows Meseganio Tadela, an Ethiopian émigré to Israel and patriarch of his family. Meseganio grew up in a world a universe apart, one that clung to Jewish traditions 2,000 years old. Now with his children growing up in a secular society and a modern world that he doesn’t understand, Meseganio is adrift. The promise of the “Promised Land” is out of reach. An optional Ethiopian lunch follows the film and special guest, Avishai Mekonen will speak about his own harrowing journey when at 10 years of age, he travelled 400 miles, crossing the Sudan from Ethiopia to Israel.

For information and tickets for all events, visit www.SantaFeJFF.org.  Film only tickets also available at CCA.

11:00 AM, Sunday, February 26

Kedi

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"Magical and remarkable. A splendidly graceful and quietly magical documentary about the multifaceted feline population of Istanbul. Heartfelt." –Variety

The Wall Street Journal once suggested the capital of Turkey should be renamed Catstinopole. This sweet, insightful film follows some of the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. Ceyda Turan’s first feature is a philosophical investigation, asking us to reconsider our relationship to cats, to nature, to each other. (Turkey, 2016, xxm)

Starts March 3

Freedom to Marry

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Surprisingly suspenseful and thoroughly moving and inspiring.” –Boston Globe

Eddie Rosenstein’s intimate and epic documentary goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the inner workings and key players of an historic civil rights battle, led by Evan Wolfson, the architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto. As they approach a climactic battle before the United States Supreme Court, we receive fresh perspective on an insprirational movement's history along the way. (U.S., 2016, 86m)

Starts March 10

My Life as a Zucchini

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Switzerland’s official entry: Best Foreign Language Oscar

Nothing short of a miracle!” –Hollywood Reporter

After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love. An instant landmark of stop-motion animation, nominated for a Golden Globe and winner of numerous festival awards, Claude Barras’s film features voices by Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, and Amy Sedaris. (Switzerland, 2016, 68m, GKids, digital)

Starts March 17

My Scientology Movie

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**** … a giddy, Pythonesque jab in the ribs … wickedly tendentious mischief ... gloriously funny.” –Telegraph, London

“I find that the most inexplicable behavior is motivated by very relatable human impulses,” says beloved British documentarian Louis Theroux, who puts the Church of Scientology under his microscope. With reenactments made in collaboration with former members, and the predictable but frightening retribution from the Church, Theroux, in collaboration with producer Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN) turns his fearlessness and sense of humor into a startling expose. (U.K., 2016, 99m, Magnolia Pictures)

Starts March 17

Happy Hour

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Commands respect through the audacity of its conception and scale, and it earns affection through its humane attentiveness.” –Reverse Shot

Four friends, who have long confided in one another, are taken aback when one confesses that she is seeking a divorce from her husband. To make up with each other and dispel any bitter feelings, the group then leaves on a trip to the Arima hot spring resort where the unhappy wife vanishes, starting a chain of unexpected events in the remaining women’s lives. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s  intimate epic, a winner of major awards at Locarno, Singapore and multiple other film festivals, is an immerse, deeply moving and literary work of cinema art, joining long-form classics like YI YI, DEKALOG and BEST OF YOUTH. Shown in three parts. (Japan, 2016, 317m, KimStim, digital)

Starts March 24