Las Ultimas Palavras (The Last Words)

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

Film still: Las ultimas palavras; Rita Ender

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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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.

If you sign up for an event, please note that the ticket will expire fifteen minutes before the events starts. If you have not collected the ticket by then, it may be given to a visitor who is waiting for a ticket.

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

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

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Between Marrakesh and Mashhad: Jews in Islamic Countries

This film and reading series, hosted by the Academy program’s Jewish-Islamic Forum from July 2016 to September 2017, explored the past and present of Jewish lives in different countries of North Africa and the Middle East.

Las ultimas palavras

14 September 2017
Documentary, Turkish/Ladino with English subtitles

Yousef Abad

6 July 2017
Video art by the Israeli-Iranian artist Elham Rokni; Persian/Hebrew with English and Hebrew subtitles (audio recording of the talk available)

My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

11 May 2017
Reading and discussion in English with the author Ariel Sabar

Iraq N’ Roll

27 April 2017
Documentary, Israel 2011, 54 min,
Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Damascus With Love

9 March 2017
Feature film, Syria 2010, 91 min, original Arabic version with English subtitles

The Jews and the Longest Kiss in History

14 December 2016
Documentary, Great Britain 2011, 60 min, English original version

Salata baladi – An Egyptian Salad

3 November 2016
Documentary, Egypt 2008, 105 min, Arabic with English subtitles

Villa Jasmin

28 September 2016
France 2008, 87 min, French/Arabic original soundtrack with English subtitles

El Gusto

14 July 2016
Documentary, Algeria, France, Ireland, 2012, 88 min, French/Arabic original soundtrack with English subtitles

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Jews in Islamic Countries

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2016/2017
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