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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.
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.
|Original title||Las Ultimas Palavras/Son Sözcükler (The Last Words)|
|Film genre||Documentary film|
|Directed by||Rita Ender|
|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.