My Heart in the Maghreb. Jewish-Moroccan Film Week

8 – 12 May 2016

Morocco was once home to the largest Jewish community in any Arab country. In the mid-20th century more than 250,000 Jews resided there, but between the 1950s and 1970s the majority of them left for Israel, Europe, and North America. Today, about 2500 Jews are still living in Morocco, most of them in Casablanca.

For the last twenty years there has been a growing interest in Moroccan Judaism. Young Muslim Moroccans are rediscovering the Jewish heritage in their country, and the descendants of Jewish Moroccan emigrants are retracing the histories of their parents and grandparents and exploring the traditions, narratives, and music of this long ignored culture.

The film week My heart in the Maghreb presents a variety of perspectives on Moroccan Judaism, with feature and documentary films from France, Canada, Israel, and especially from Morocco itself, most of these films being shown in Germany for the first time. All the films will be shown in the original language with English subtitles, and following the screenings the film directors will be present to answer questions in English.
The film week will be accompanied by an introductory historical talk and a closing panel on the culture of memory and Jewish life in Morocco today (both in English). The week will be opened with a concert by the Jewish singer Neta Elkayam, who discovered her own roots in traditional Arab melodies and carries on this Moroccan Jewish cultural heritage with her own original songs.

The film festival is presented by the Jewish-Islamic Forum, part of the Academy Programs of the Jewish Museum Berlin, and organized in cooperation with the “Association des Amis du Musée du Judaïsme Marocain” in Casablanca.

The Association of the Friends of the Museum of Moroccan Judaism AAMJM was founded in Morocco in 2013. It is open to anyone who would like to support the preservation of the cultural heritage of Moroccan Judaism. This association realizes a variety of projects, as presented on the website www.aamjm.org.

With support from: The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in the Federal Republic of Germany

Media Partner: Zitty

Past event
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

9 May, 6 pm

White Walls

It is two weeks before the young Israeli photographer Shachar presents her first solo exhibition. The death of her grandmother motivates her to reconnect to her family and their North-African background. Between family and career, roots and estrangement, tradition and modernity, she discovers her identity as a Moroccan-Israeli woman.

After the screening of White Walls and Come Mother, filmmaker Meital Abekassis and artist and historian Yigal Nizri will be present for a discussion on the Moroccan community in Israel.

Feature film, Israel 2005, Director: Meital Abekassis, 53 minutes, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Film still of the side of an old building, its blue doors are fading in color

Film still Moroccan Jews. Destinies Undone; Younes Laghrari

9 May, 7 pm

Come Mother

Director Sami Shalom Chetrit takes his mother on a trip through Israel in order to find her old classmates from primary school in the Moroccan village Gurama. Their memories bring back the Morocco of their childhood, but also the difficulties of starting a new life in Israel. A heartwarming portrait of the first generation of Moroccan women in Israel.

After the screening of White Walls and Come Mother, filmmaker Meital Abekassis and artist and historian Yigal Nizri will be present for a discussion on the Moroccan community in Israel.

Documentary, Israel 2009, Director: Sami Shalom Chetrit, 79 minutes, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

Where, when, what?

  • When

    9 May 2016, 6 pm and 7 pm

  • Where
    W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

  • Entry fee

    free

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My Heart in the Maghreb

In May 2016, the film week My Heart in the Maghreb presented a variety of perspectives on Moroccan Judaism, with feature and documentary films from France, Canada, Israel, and especially from Morocco itself. Most of the films made their German debut in the festival.

Opening of the Jewish-Moroccan Film Week

8 May 2016
Introductory Talk by Daniel J. Schroeter and Concert by Neta Elkayam Howa Jani

White Walls & Come Mother

9 May 2016
Two movies: White Walls (Director: Meital Abekassis) and Come Mother (Director: Sami Shalom Chetrit)

Goodbye Mothers, Moroccan Jews. Destinies Undone & Where are you going, Moshe?

10 May 2016
Three movies: Goodbye Mothers (Director: Mohamed Ismaïl), Moroccan Jews. Destinies Undone (Director: Younes Laghrari) & Where are you going, Moshe? (Director: Hassan Benjelloun)

Aïda & The Midnight Orchestra

11 May 2016
Two movies: Aïda (Director: Driss Mrini) und The Midnight Orchestra (Director: Jérôme Cohen Olivar)

Oulad Moumen & They were Promised the Sea

12 May 2016
Two movies and Closing Panel

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