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Film: The Caborca Jew, A Mexican Story

May 23, 2019

8 pm

A documentary inspired by the narrator’s grandfather, this film tells the real-life story of a Polish immigrant trying to get to the United States to escape both war and poverty, but inadvertently finding himself in Caborca, a small town in Sonora, Mexico. It is a moving and uplifting account of an individual’s strength and commitment to maintain his faith in the face of extraordinary obstacles, including the fact that he is the only Jew in a Catholic community and is unable to speak the language. Ultimately, Don Juan Chait becomes a beloved resident of Caborca. Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series, as well as ¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director David Chait and Dr. Scott Levin, director of the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region.

2014; David Chait; Spanish with English subtitles; 58 minutes; not rated.

The festival ¡RESILENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and the Americas, organized by Instituto Cervantes, Casa Sefarad@Nahalat Shalom, Festival Djudeo-Espanyol, and the NHCC, is a week of films, music, food, exhibits, and lectures highlighting the extraordinary journey of the Jewish people to Spanish-speaking countries.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show


May 23, 2019
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