Ad for the Southern California Yiddish Summit San Diego, on November 12, 2023, from 11 am to 9 pm at Yiddishland California, La Jolla, CA

Movie Screening of “The Yidishe Gauchos”

A film by Mark Freeman

The film is about Jews escaping Eastern Europe and immigrating to the pampas of Argentina. When Jews fled to Argentina in the 19th century, many were able to become ranchers and farmers with the help of the Jewish Colonization Association and the term “Jewish Gaucho” was used to refer to Jewish people who took on a life of agriculture that was historically associated with Argentine cowboys. The movie is narrated by Eli Wallach. The event will be a chance to watch the film and offer an opportunity to speak with the film’s director with hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of the film, as well as with another professor, Alejandro Meter, who represents Argentinian Jews of San Diego.

“The Yidishe Gauchos is an absolute original…. A rare and unexpected glimpse of an unfamiliar world.” Leo Rosten (The Joys of Yiddish)

When: Saturday, September 9, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. PT  (in person)  (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  PT on Zoom) (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET)  

Where: a residential venue on Mt. Soledad and on Zoom.

Cost: sliding scale, the sooner you register the less you pay!

Early Bird 2 (until Wednesday, September 6): $40

General Admission (after Wednesday, September 6): $50

Now offering Companion Discount, with Buy One Get One 50% off for Basic Admissions!

General Admission for Military: $18

Regular Admission for Students: $18

General Zoom Admission for Military: $10

General Zoom Admission for Students: $10

General Zoom Admission: $18

Early Bird on Zoom (until Wednesday, September 6): $10

Early Bird for Students (until Wednesday, September 6): $10

To Obtain Military and Students discount please bring your military or college ID to the event, we will be checking them at the door.

Wine and nosh included in the cost of admission

Mark Freeman is the producer, director, cinematographer, and editor of “The Yidishe Gauchos.” He is an accomplished documentary film maker and professor and has produced other short films to include “Mad River: Hard Times in Humboldt County,” “Down to Earth,” “Families and Flowers,” and “Lines in the Sand.” Freeman is widely traveled, having visited France, Guatemala, and Israel and always strives to bring global insights and his travel experiences into his works. Freeman is currently professor emeritus in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University.

You can learn more about Mark Freeman and his works here:

Alejandro Meter, professor at the University of San Diego with a PhD in Latin American Literature and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh, specializes in the Jewish experience in Latin America, immigration, and the politics of memory. He has written numerous published articles, essays, and book chapters in many journals including Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericanaRevista de Estudios HispanicosHispania, and Latin American Research Review.In addition to being a successful professor and scholar, Meter is also a photographer, and has been working on a Latin American photography project that involves capturing photos of Latin American writers who primarily author content related to Crime Fiction Writers and the Latin American Jewish Diaspora.

Film Awards 

GOLD APPLE National Educational Film & Video Festival
RED RIBBON American Film and Video Festival
AWARD OF MERIT Latin American Studies Association