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Morocco celebrated on opening night of New York Sephardic Film Festival

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The New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival is celebrating Morocco at the opening this 21st edition witch will take place between March 5th and 15th.

This year, Morocco’s culture of coexistence and living together is celebrated on the opening night. « Morocco is an example of coexistence for the rest of the world », David Serero, opera singer of Moroccan origin, and producer of the festival explained to HuffPost Morocco. « Morocco has always maintained a relationship and an attachment with all its subjects including the Jewish community. It is an attachment that will never break, » he continues.

The Opening Night of the 21st NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival celebrates Morocco! Special kosher Moroccan reception,…

Publié par American Sephardi Federation sur jeudi 1 mars 2018

The opening ceremony on March 5th, 2018 at 7pm will feature a special performance of Sebt Gnawa, « the revival of the seldom summoned Moroccan-Jewish spirits, by Grammy-nominated Innov Gnawa with Sephardi Jazz trumpeter Itamar Borochov. »A fusion of two genres that, for the Festival’s executive director, Jason Guberman, is a way of celebrating Moroccan culture of « coexistence ».
« Music is at the heart of Jewish-Moroccan culture shared in Morocco, and having Itamar stand together with Innov Gnawa is the most significant tribute to this legacy, » he told the HuffPost Morocco.

The evening will also feature a reception of traditional kosher Moroccan cuisine and presentation of the Pomegranate Awards, designed by Baghdad-born artist and ASF Board Member Oded Halahmy for Sephardi Excellence in the Arts. Past recipients include André Azoulay, King Mohammed VI’s advisor, the singer Enrico Macias and the Israeli-Moroccan poet Erez Bitton.

The festival « showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities » said the organizers in a statement. The event will feature films, documentaries and Q&A sessions with directors. The opportunity for visitors to discover the works of filmmakers from countries such as Iraq, Mexico, Ethiopia, Morocco …