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.
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.
|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.
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Thursday 14 September 2017, 7 pm
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 BerlinSee location on map
(Opposite the Museum)
W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Film and Reading Series: Between Marrakesh and Mashhad: Jews in Islamic Countries (9)
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
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
28 September 2016
France 2008, 87 min, French/Arabic original soundtrack with English subtitles
14 July 2016
Documentary, Algeria, France, Ireland, 2012, 88 min, French/Arabic original soundtrack with English subtitles