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Film still: Las Ultimas Palavras

Las ultimas palavras (film still); Rita Ender

Las Ultimas Palavras (The Last Words)

Film Screening (in Turkish/Ladino with English subtitles) and Discussion

Many of the Jews who were expelled from Spain towards the end of the Middle Ages settled in the Ottoman Empire. They brought their language with them – Judeo-Spanish or "Ladino" became the most important Jewish language in the Eastern Mediterranean. For 500 years, Judeo-Spanish was the everyday and literary language of the Sephardic Jews, but now the language is in decline.

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Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

For her documentary Las ultimas palavras, filmmaker Rita Ender embarked on a journey in search of Judeo-Spanish in Turkey. The dissapearance of the language becomes a symbol for the growing sense of uprooting among the younger generation. Ender's reflections on language and memory, on identity, integration, belonging, and cultural independence play an important role not only for the situation of Sephardic Jews in Turkey.

Drawing with leaves and sun reading “Las Ultimas Palavras”
Original title Las Ultimas Palavras/Son Sözcükler (The Last Words)
Film genre Documentary film
Directed by Rita Ender
Country Turkey
Language Turkish/Ladino
Release date 2015
Running time 36 minutes

After the film there will be a discussion with the film director.

Moderated by Dr. Corry Guttstadt, author of the monograph Die Türkei, die Juden und der Holocaust (Turkey, the Jews, and the Holocaust).

The event is part of the Film and Reading Series Between Marrakesh and Mashhad.

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  • When Thursday 14 September 2017, 7 pm
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  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

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  • Please noteFilm screening in Turkish and Ladino with English subtitles; discussion in English.

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