August 14, 2022

The New York Sephardic Jewish Movie Competition returns this yr, celebrating its twenty fourth anniversary with movie premieres, award ceremonies, administrators’ Q&A, a style present with Eli Tahari and stay music! This particular version, devoted to Ike, Molly and Stephen Elias, can be introduced in partnership with the celebrated Moise Safra Middle, positioned at 130 E 82nd St, from April 3-7, 2022.

Be a part of us in movies in regards to the experiences of the good Sephardim in Morocco, Greece, Israel, Spain, Germany, Egypt, Iran, India, Iraq and Brooklyn!

The winners of the ASF Pomegranate Award attended:

André Aciman (Lifetime Achievement Award)

The Great Mrs MeiselCaroline Aaron (for providers to appearing)

Lainie Kazan (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Black recordAmir Arison (appearing award)

Neta Elkayam (Musical Achievement Award)

Violeta Salama (Ronit Elkabetz, A”H Rising Star)

The New York Sephardic Jewish Movie Competition, hosted by the American Sephardi Federation, showcases modern voices steeped within the historical past, traditions, and wealthy mosaic tradition of the good Sephardic communities. The Pomegranate Awards ceremony on the opening day celebrates the excellent achievements of the Sephardim within the arts. Previous laureates embrace senior adviser to the King of Morocco Andre Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, administrators Lisa Azuelos and Elie Choraki, movie producer Mentioned Ben Mentioned, designer Elie Tahari, legendary actor Sasson Gabay and others.

The Pomegranate Award, created by Oded Halahmi, a widely known artist from Baghdad, honors excellence within the arts.

Creative director Sarah Nojumi and producer David Serero return for this thrilling launch.

“The Moise Safra Middle is thrilled to be partnering with ASF to host the New York Sephardic Jewish Movie Competition this yr. We’re opening our doorways for everybody to return and revel in every week of chosen movies to study Sephardic tradition by way of cinema. Hope to see you right here!” — David Miller, Govt Director

“We’re thrilled and proud to be partnering with the American Sephardi Federation for the twenty fourth New York Sephardic Jewish Movie Competition. That is an thrilling alternative for all of us!” — Karen Razak, Director of Engagement.

Here’s a temporary overview of the Sephardic Jewish Movie Competition in New York:

Sunday, April 3:

Vernissage – Sefarad Collection: Thessaloniki, Sephardic Shoah Survivors


60 min, USA, 2001, quick documentaries

Director Dr. Joe Halio

Two 30 minute documentaries on the Jewish historical past of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki), Greece. Contains uncommon footage of Sephardic Shoah survivors.

Q&A with director Joe Halio

opening night time / From Baghdad to Bollywood


85 min, Australia, 2018, Characteristic Documentary

Directed by Danny Ben-Moshe

Premiere in New York

A celebration of the all-singing, all-dancing historical past of the world’s largest movie business, Shalom Bollywood reveals the unlikely story of the Jews of Baghdadi and Bene Manashe, particularly the Jewish ladies who turned stars and film moguls within the Nineteen Twenties, 30s and 40s.

Pomegranate Awards ceremony for André Aciman (Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature), Caroline Aaron (Lifetime Achievement Award for Appearing), Amir Arison (Lifetime Achievement Award for Appearing), Violetta Salama (Ronit Elkabetz, A”H, Rising Star) after which a celebration.

Monday, April, 4:

Sepharad Collection: Recollections of Melilla

15:00: ALEGRI

119 min, Spain, 2021, Fiction

Directed by Violeta Salama

In Spanish and Chel with English subtitles Premiere Standing: New York

An attention-grabbing directorial debut starring Cecilia Suarez, Laya Manzanares, Sarah Perles, Mara Gil and Leonardo Sbaraglia, filmed on location in Melilla, this competition favourite explores the ever-mingling identities and cultures on this Spanish enclave in Northern Morocco. ,

Q&A with director Violeta Salama, 2022

Persian-Israeli-American Style Evening with Eli Tahari


(70 min), USA, 2022, Documentary

Directed by David Serero

Premiere Standing: New York

Eli Tahari is the embodiment of braveness, willpower and… impudence! After fleeing Iran, his dad and mom moved to Israel, the place he lived in a refugee camp after which moved to New York with out talking a phrase of English. This extremely anticipated documentary has been screened at movie festivals around the globe and gained quite a few awards.

Q&A with director David Serero and Eli Tahari. Style present and after social gathering

Tuesday, April 5

Sepharad Collection: Crypto-Jews


63 min, Spain, 2021, Documentary

Directed by Dani Rothstein, Felipe Volokita, Ofer Laszewicki

Xueta Island explores the fascinating heritage of the Xuetas: a singular group of households on the Balearic island of Mallorca who’re believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish inhabitants. A gripping exploration and documentation of Mallorca’s wealthy and tragic Jewish historical past and an inspiring take a look at makes an attempt to revive Jewish life on the island.

Anti-Semitism within the highlight

19:00: WET DOG

103 min, Germany, 2021, Characteristic story

Directed by Damir Lukacevic

In German, Farsi and Arabic with English subtitles

Premiere Standing: New York

A narrative based mostly on the provocative true story of Arye Sharuz Shalikar, who was born in Germany to Persian Jewish dad and mom stranded after the 1979 revolution, joined an Islamist gang and later rose to the rank of main and led the IDF’s European division. Moist Canine explores anti-Semitism and raises questions of cultural range, the expansion of spiritual id, and the way these intersect with friendships, particularly in adolescence.

Additional panel dialogue

Wednesday, April 6

From Egypt to Israel


106 min., Israel, 2006, Characteristic story

Directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis

In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

premiere standing: no

Nominated for 9 Israeli Movie Academy Awards. Three Moms is a multi-generational saga of gorgeous triplets: Flora, Yasmine and Rose Hakim was born in 1942 in Alexandria, Egypt. Directed by Dina Zvi-RiklisMaabarot2020 NYSJFF) follows a household in Israel because the Hakim sisters come to phrases with long-hidden secrets and techniques and passions for 60 years.

Brooklyn tango night time


115 min, USA, 2021, Fiction

Directed by Gabriel Bologna

In English

Premiere Standing: New York

A tango dancer and Rabbit develop a plan to enter a dance competitors with out sacrificing their orthodox beliefs. Household, tolerance and society are examined one dazzling dance step at a time. Filmed on location in Crown Heights, New York with an all-star solid.

In partnership with ASF Younger Professionals.

Q&A after the screening with all the solid.

Lainie Kazan’s Pomegranate Lifetime Achievement Award.

DJ with tango dancing

Thursday, April 7

Sepharad Collection: Ladino Legacy


49 min., UK, Israel, France, 1981, characteristic documentary

Hebrew and Ladino with English subtitles

Directed by David Perlov

This distinctive cinematic about language, reminiscence and id follows Ladino audio system – their tradition, their reminiscences and their hopes for the way forward for their mom tongue. In search of Ladino it is likely one of the first movies to characteristic Ladin Holocaust survivors in Israel and doc their testimonies and songs.

From Jerusalem to Tangier and Tinghir: Closing Evening in Morocco


75min, Morocco, 2019, Characteristic Documentary

Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Directed by Kamal Khachkar

Premiere Standing: New York

Neta Elkayam and Amit Hai Cohen stay in Jerusalem, creating music that revisits their shared Jewish-Moroccan heritage. In your eyes I see my nation follows them once they journey to Morocco for the primary time. In life, as on stage, they wrestle with this twin id and attempt to heal the injuries of exile inflicted by their dad and mom. This intimate and musically wealthy documentary by NYSFF Rising Star Pomegranate Award (2015) winner Kamal Khachkar seeks to bridge cultures.

Pomegranate award for singer Nete Elkayam adopted by Moroccan closing social gathering

Tickets and data can be found at or by calling 1.800.838.3006.


,American Sephardic Federation (ASF), an integral accomplice and positioned in probably the most superior on this planet,Middle for Jewish Historical past, paperwork, preserves and commemorates the historical past, traditions and wealthy mosaic tradition of the good Sephardic communities as an integral a part of the Jewish expertise. ASF creates high-profile occasions (,Sephardic Jewish Movie Competition in New York) and exhibitions, publishes broadly learn on-line (,Sephardic World Weekly,,Month-to-month Sephardic Concepts,,Letter from the Land of Israel) and print (,Sephardic report) publications, helps analysis, scholarships (,Broome and Allen Fellows), ,ASF Jewish Expertise Institute,Nationwide Sephardic Library and Archives,Sephardic Home Brotherhood on campus and in addition represents the Sephardic voice in diplomatic and Jewish group affairs as a member of the Convention of Presidents of Main American Jewish Organizations and the World Jewish Congress.


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