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1 online resource (52 min.).
The incredible story of the Jewish refugee community in Shanghai during World War II is the subject of this fascinating documentary. Seeking refuge from Nazi terror, some 17,000 Jews travelled to Shanghai, one of the few places that did not require a visa. Although a few Jews already lived in China (Sephardic Jews from India had been there since the mid-1800s) the Europeans found life there strange and difficult. Juxtaposing interviews with survivors with archival photographs, this film recounts the days when Jews lived in China under Japanese rule. Although the Japanese forced the exiles into a ghetto, they did not follow Hitler s extermination plan. Shanghai indeed became a place of refuge.
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1 online resource (58 min.).
Land of Promise is a fascinating, richly illustrated documentary that explores the Jewish experience in South Carolina from colonial days to modern times. It is a heartwarming story of religious tolerance, economic and political opportunity By 1800, Charleston was home to the largest and wealthiest Jewish community in North America. The settling of Jews in South Carolina mirrors the Jewish immigration to the United States with Sephardic Jews in the 17th century being followed by German Jews, then Eastern Jews and Russian Jews today.The film relates many surprising firsts. For example: the first Jew in the western world, (not merely in the U.S.) to be elected to a popular assembly was a South Carolinian, Francis Salvador, in 1774 . He was also the first Jew to have died in the Revolutionary War. The first reform temple in America was built in Charleston in 1841. The first Jewish Secretary of State in the U.S. was not Henry Kissinger but Judah Benjamin during the Confederacy.With archival material, photographs and paintings, the film touches on all aspects of Southern Jewish life -- their involvement with slavery, the Civil War and civil rights, the prospering of the cities after Reconstruction and their transition from family businesses into the professions. It addresses the challenges Jews face in maintaining their cultural identity as they integrate into the broader Southern communities where they live.
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1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in. Digital: video file; DVD video.
A personal journey about the search for identity and memory among Sephardic Jews with roots in Cuba. Anthropologist Ruth Behar returns to her native Cuba in search of the country's remaining Sephardic Jews and her family's ties to them. Presents a lyrical journey into Cuba's Jewish past and present-day that is filled with painful goodbyes and a belief in the possibility of return and renewal. Behar addresses her goodbye to her native land, from which she departed as a child, before she developed her own memories. Her grandparents were Jewish emigrants to Cuba and hoped it would be their promised land. Like most Cuban Jews, they left Cuba and resettled in the United States, with only a small number of Jews remaining on the island. Interviews with Sephardic Jews in Cuba and Miami.
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1 videodisc (57 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; region 1. DVD video.
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"A story of 400 years Sephardic Jewish presence on Curacao, Aruba and in Suriname. Their history, traditions, customs and faith … The documentary highlights Sephardic family names like Da Costa, Maduro and Emanuels. Descendants from different generations shed their light on the main question of the future: will the Jewish communities in the Caribbean survive?"--Container.
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1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video; all regions.
Moroccan-born Muslim filmmaker Kamal Hachkar explores the 2000-year-old mellah (Jewish quarter) in his family's village of Tinghir, Morocco, and follows the trail of the town's once substantial Jewish population to its emigres and descendants in Israel. In the film, he weaves back and forth between his city's old Jewish quarter and Israel, where he meets Sephardic Jews who still hold tight to their Moroccan identity. Presents the true story of a long-term collaboration between Jews and Muslims that eventually fell apart. As Hachkar tries to understand exactly what happened, he simultaneously seeks a better way forward.
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1 online resource (25 min.).
This upbeat documentary depicts the social space of a kosher Middle Eastern grocery store in the traditionally Sephardic section of Brooklyn. Serving the local Syrian Jewish clientele, it has now also become a kind of social headquarters for expatriate Israelis as well as other Middle Eastern customers. Impromptu interviews with customers reveal their nostalgia for other places and times, as well as their ambivalence about life in America. The vividly polyglot customers -- Hebrew, English, Syrian and Egyptian Arabic as well as snippets of other languages are heard -- paint a portrait of the complexities of multicultural life in a diaspora setting and the compromises necessary to forging a new identity in a new place. Of interest to classes in anthropology, Middle East and Jewish studies.

7. Altina [2014]

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1 online resource (1 video file, 81 min.) Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Altina is the provocative portrait of an American trendsetter whose free spirit defied convention. A woman ahead of her time, Altina Schinasi was born in 1907 in New York City; the daughter of a tobacco tycoon and decedent of Sephardic Jews, she upended the expectations that accompanied her position. Altina was a paradox: simultaneously seductive and reserved, her genteel upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her art and her life. In addition to creating whimsical works of art and sculpture, Altina invented the glamorous Harlequin 'cat's-eye' eyeglasses, worn by the likes of Lucille Ball and Peggy Guggenheim, and as well directed an Oscar-nominated documentary about Nazi brutality told through the drawings of German expressionist artist George Grosz. Altina's life was anchored in the social and political issues of the time: helping Jewish refugees escape the Holocaust; providing aid and shelter to friends who were targeted by Joseph McCarthy's Un-American Activities campaign; and being involved early on in the struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. Directed by her grandson Peter Sanders, the film captures this unpredictable woman whose bold, uninhibited passion for life is an inspiration for all.

8. Altina [2014]

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1 online resource (81 minutes) Digital: data file.
Altina is the provocative portrait of an American trendsetter whose free spirit defied convention. A woman ahead of her time, Altina Schinasi was born in 1907 in New York City; the daughter of a tobacco tycoon and decedent of Sephardic Jews, she upended the expectations that accompanied her position. Altina was a paradox: simultaneously seductive and reserved, her genteel upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her art and her life. In addition to creating whimsical works of art and sculpture, Altina invented the glamorous Harlequin 'cat's-eye' eyeglasses, worn by the likes of Lucille Ball and Peggy Guggenheim, and as well directed an Oscar-nominated documentary about Nazi brutality told through the drawings of German expressionist artist George Grosz. Altina's life was anchored in the social and political issues of the time: helping Jewish refugees escape the Holocaust; providing aid and shelter to friends who were targeted by Joseph McCarthy's Un-American Activities campaign; and being involved early on in the struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. Directed by her grandson Peter Sanders, the film captures this unpredictable woman whose bold, uninhibited passion for life is an inspiration for all.

9. Saved by language [2014]

Video
1 videodisc (53 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide. Sound: digital; optical; stereo. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video; all regions.
"Saved by language tells the story of Moris Albahari, a Sephardic Jew from Sarajevo born in 1930. Moris spoke his mother tongue, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), to survive the Holocaust. Separdic and Bosnian music are weaved into Moris's story along the backdrop of multi-reliious and multilingual Sarajevo, his little Jerusalem. Explore Moris's story of survival and he preservation of his Sephardic heritage. Meet the remaining speakers of Ladino in Sarajevo today."--Container.
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1 online resource (streaming video file) (64 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Rabbi David Buzaglo was the greatest Hebrew liturgical poet of the twentieth century. Born in Morocco in 1903, his literary output had a major impact on a community of hundreds of thousands of people. From his prolific period in the Diaspora to the years he spent in a ruptured Israel, Buzaglo’s poetry initiated an abrupt shift in Sephardic liturgical writing, but it also served as a vital link between the modern era and a tradition that dates back to Spanish Jewry’s Golden Age. But Buzaglo was more than just a great poet. ..The actions he took at seminal moments in history had a critical impact in shaping the identity of Maghreb Jews. This film is an intimate look at Buzaglo’s life and career, from its roots in the rich tradition of Hebrew poetry in Morocco through the liturgical revolution in Israel.

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