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Starts October 31st

BIRDMAN
OR
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WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?
Starts October 31st

THE 15th ARAB WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
November 1st and 2nd

PINA (3D)
November 8th - 12th

DANCING DREAMS
November 8th - 12th

RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DU DOCUMENTAIRE DE MONTRÉAL
November 12h - 23rd

A PSY FILM-CLUB presents
CAPOTE

November 28th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





THEY WERE PROMISED THE SEA

STARTS OCTOBER 31st

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Canada. 2013. Dir.: Kathy Wazana. 72 min.

Original Hebrew and English version with French subtitles
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How does it feel to be an Arab Jew in the midst of the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Kathy Wazana’s controversial, groundbreaking documentary is the story of a people whose identity as Arab Jews challenges the very notion of enemy.

The Casablanca-born filmmaker set out to discover why hundreds of thousands of Jews left Morocco in the 1960s, believing their Arab homeland had become enemy territory. What she found was a country still grieving the loss of its Jewish population.

Her investigation reveals the calculations and political manoeuvres that led to the mass migration of Jews from their ancestral homelands, an exodus inextricably linked to the Partition of Palestine, the creation of the State of Israel, and the dispossession and exile of the Palestinian people.

As witnesses in the Berber villages of southern Morocco recall efforts by Muslim neighbours to prevent their Jewish compatriots from leaving, the commonly held belief that Jews were expelled or forced to leave Morocco takes on a new meaning. Along the way, other myths are shattered.

With exceptional access to a cast of characters that includes a Jewish advisor to the King of Morocco, the director of the Jewish museum of Casablanca, a Moroccan-Israeli living in exile in New York, and Moroccans living “in exile” in Israel (Rick Salutin, Toronto Star: http://tinyurl.com/cxlqomm) They Were Promised the Sea brings this largely suppressed history to a North American audience for whom the identity of Arab Jews is often perceived as an oxymoron.

Told through the director’s personal lens and the journey of second-generation Moroccan Israeli Shira Ohayon, the doc is stunningly shot as a musical road movie through the dramatic landscapes of the Atlas mountains, intercut with Sami Shalom Chetrit’s poetry dedicated to Mahmoud Darwish.

The film’s haunting score consists of original recordings of Andalusian and Sephardic music, performed in Arabic, Hebrew and Ladino, and featuring Françoise Atlan, Salim Halali, Rabbi Haïm Louk, Abderrahim Abdelmoumen, Si Thami Harrak and the Soufi Orchestra of Tétouan.

“[…] explores an important episode in the history of the Maghreb, Palestine and Israel. A necessary contribution […] controversial and thought-provoking.”
– Joslyn Barnes, Louverture Films, New York: The Time That Remains; Black Power Mixtapes

“A beautiful, passionate and probing look into the intertwined histories of Jews and Arabs in Morocco and Israel/Palestine, a look back that inspires hope for the future.”
– Richard Fung, Video Artist, Cultural Critic, Director: Dal Puri Diaspora

 

WINNER - NFB AWARD
BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

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