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1 videocassette (58 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Explores how the transplanted Sephardic culture of the Jews of Rhodes has been both preserved and transformed in the United States. Includes interviews with first generation Jews, who fled Rhodes during the Holocaust, as well as with second and third generation descendants.
Media & Microtext Center
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1 videodisc (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Trees cry for rain : a Sephardic journey / producer, Bonnie Burt
  • Embellished lives : customs and costumes of the Jewish comminities of Turkey / written, produced and directed by Bill Chayes and Paul Shain.
Two films on Turkish Jews. In Trees cry for rain, a woman recounts her childhood and heritage in the Sephardic community in Turkey. Embellished lives documents an exhibition of costumes and objects, including many textiles, created in the Jewish communities of Turkey, curated by the Judah L. Magnes Museum.
Media & Microtext Center
Video
1 videocassette (13 min.) : silent, b&w, 1/2 in.
This short, unusual film addresses the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. The documentary provides a rare glimpse of Sephardic communities in Salonika, Constantinople, Yugoslavia, and Romania as well as former centers of Jewish life in Spain. Presents documents on the Sephardim collected by Ernesto Giménez Caballero.
Media & Microtext Center
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1 videocassette (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
The life of Rachel Amado Bortnick, one of the last generation of native speakers of Ladino, is explored through songs, photographs, cooking and stories.
Media & Microtext Center
Video
1 videodisc (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sefarad Jews had been deported from Spain in 1492 and are now living in Turkey. Traditions, language, voices and color of Spanish Jews have been fading away as their numbers are decreasing with migrations and deaths. This documentary depicts the 500 year old story of the Spaish Jews full of migrations, hence a deep yearning for the homeland told by their songs generation after generation.
Media & Microtext Center
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1 videocassette (30 min.) sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Traces the arrival, daily life, and explusion of the Jews from Catalonia and the City of Girona. The program features Catalan-Ladino folk music, footage of Girona's Jewish quarter as it appears today, and interviews with historians.
Media & Microtext Center
Video
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Film on the Sephardic culture in Turkey.
Media & Microtext Center
Video
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.
Video
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.
Video
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.
Media & Microtext Center
Video
1 videodisc (57 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; region 1. DVD video.
  • Roots = Roots
  • Pampuna & pom = Pumpking & pom
  • Mazzeltov = Mazzeltov.
"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.
Media & Microtext Center
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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.
Media & Microtext Center
Video
7 videocassettes (6 hrs., 4 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + 1 guide (206 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.)
  • [1] Chapter 1. the Sephardim and Spain ; [2] Chapter 2. Spain and the Jews
  • [3] Chapter 3. Spain and the Jews, part 2 ; [4] Chapter 4. the first dispersion: the Spanish Jews in the Mediterranean
  • [5] Chapter 5. The Sephardi folklore ; [6] Chapter 6. To Europe, to Amerika! the Judeo-Spanish dispersion during the 20th century ; [7] Chapter 7. The Sephardim today.
Following their expulsion from Spain in 1492, the Sephardi people took with them wherever they went, the Spanish language and the distinction and dignity of Spanish. This series follows the Sephardic Diaspora through the centuries, throughout the world and celebrates the preservation of their history through song and music.
Media & Microtext Center
Video
1 videocassette (82 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
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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Video
1 videodisc (38 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
The story of a dilapidated apartment building in Istanbul, formerly owned by the Sephardic Jewish family of the Camondos, and of former tenants and people who have lived around it.
Media & Microtext Center
Video
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Set in the Sephardic Jewish Community in the Old City of Jerusalem at the end of the 19th century, a woman who still finds herself childless after 15 years of marriage urges her husband to take a second wife who can bear him a child.
Media & Microtext Center
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1 videocassette (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
In this romantic drama set in the Sephardic Jewish Community in the Old City of Jerusalem at the end of the 19th century, a woman who still finds herself childless after 15 years of marriage urges her husband to take a second wife who can bear him a child.
Media & Microtext Center
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1 videodisc (53 min.) : sd., col. with b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Maurice Amaraggi takes us on a personal tour of the modern port city, which for centuries was a cosmopolitan Jewish center. A great fire in 1917 almost leveled Salonika, and its Sephardic community was destroyed in the Holocaust. Amaraggi interviews survivors and other residents. In the 21st century, few remember the Ladino language; school children must be taught that their city was once Jewish; and Harry Potter replaces French literature in the bookstore. Includes footage from the 1938 film "Carmen, la de Triana."
Media & Microtext Center
Video
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.

20. Altina [2014]

Video
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.

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