Depth of Field Film + Video

2015-16 Series: Sephardic Identities on Screen

The term "Sephardic" commonly refers to the descendants of the Iberian Jews who were expelled from Spain and Portugal (known in Hebrew as sepharad) after 1492. In this “Diaspora within the Diaspora,” Sephardic Jews came into contact with cultures and languages from Northern and Southern Europe, the Balkans, and especially from the Ottoman Empire—in North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean—where their communities flourished for centuries. A truly global network of exchanges of ideas, trade routes, religious experiences and cultural turns, the Sephardic world reflects modernity in its achievements, questions, and contradictions.

On screen, the complexity and ambiguity of Sephardic identities are represented in relation to several recurrent themes. Documentaries and feature films investigate and portray persecution and exile at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition; the encounters and clashes between “East” and “West” (Ottoman, Arab-Andalusian, and European cultures); the Holocaust as a global phenomenon not solely concerning Eastern Europe and Ashkenazi Jews; the perseverance of cultural identity through the Judeo-Spanish (or Ladino) language that most characterizes Sephardic culture; and the re-imagining of the Sephardic cultural past through music and poetry.

All screenings are at The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Tuesdays | 7 pm

Free and open to the public

Past Screenings

The Wedding Song
Directed by Karin Albou, 100 min
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016 | 7:00 pm
The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way
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United States

Friends since childhood, Muslim Nour and Jewish Myriam live in harmony in the same building in a humble Tunis neighborhood until the Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains their bonds of friendship.

Film poster for Turn Left at the End of the World
Directed by Avi Nesher, 110 min
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 | 7:00 pm
The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way
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United States

In a small settlement in late 1960s Israel, Jewish immigrants from India are confronted with a community of Moroccan Jews and find themselves embroiled in a clash of cultures.

image from The Governess
Directed by Sandra Goldbacher, 115 min
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 | 7:00 pm
The Magnes Auditorium, 2121 Allston Way
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United States

The story of Rosina da Silva, the sophisticated eldest daughter of a wealthy Jewish Italian family living in a small enclave in London in the 1840s, who accepts a position as a governess in Scotland.