May 2019 -- Nisan-Iyar 5779,  Volume 25, Issue 5

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22nd NY Sephardic Jewish

Film Festival

The New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF) announces its action-packed program featuring 12 NY US, and World première films, 10 special appearances by filmmakers, and 6 Pomegranate Awards recognizing Sephardi excellence in the arts. This special celebration of the diversity of Jewish experiences features narratives and documentaries, comedies and critical perspectives, with films touching on communities in Morocco, France, Spain, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Syria, and Iraq.


« For the 22nd Anniversary Edition, they  share a number of NY and US premieres with the  audience; A  Master Class with director David Deri (THE ANCESTRAL SIN, NYSJFF 2018 and LABOR, REBELLION, UPHEAVAL, NYSJFF 2019); and the first series premiere, STOCKHOLM, starring the phenomenal actor Sasson Gabai (THE BAND’S VISIT, NYSJFF 2017), said Sara Nodjoumi, Artistic Director of the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival.


“We have included a focus on French cinema, where the greatest population of Sephardim live outside of Israel, and have dedicated a day for films that explore Sephardi politics in Israel. From enigmatic Yemenite poets to lost medieval documents in Cairo to SEX AND THE CITY Sephardi-style, our program truly has something for everyone this year. We also have a longer festival and record number of filmmakers in attendance for Q&A’s, including Lisa Azuelos (COMME T’Y ES BELLE!) and  Alexandre Amiel (WHY DO THEY HATE US?) from France, Michele Paymar (FROM CAIRO TO THE CLOUD) from Canada, and Eliran Malka (THE UNORTHODOX) from Israel,” Nodjoumi added.


“We are proud to present a record number of premiere films that speak to the beauty, complexity, and diversity of the Jewish experience. New Yorkers looking for a rich and exciting array of Jewish films should join us for 22nd NYSJFF,” said Jason Guberman, Executive Director of the American Sephardi Federation. He added: “Sara Nodjoumi is to be commended for year after year building on the storied history and successes of the NYSJFF to create ever-more compelling programs. Her emphasis on quality films has elevated the Festival, as is evident from this year’s exceptional line-up.”


 Appearing in person: Moroccan star and Pomegranate Award recipient Maxime Karoutchi on Opening Night (March 6th), Ronit Elkabetz A”H Pomegrante Award recipient Sasson Gabai (March 11th); and Pomegranate Award recipient Lisa Azualos (March 18th and 20th).


 All films and events are taking place at the Center for Jewish History located at 15 West 16th Street, NYC. The world première of TU BOCA EN LOS CIELOS “Your Wishes in Heaven” will occur at Instituto Cervantes 211 East 49th Street, New York.

 The complete list of selected NYSJFF films with dates, times, pass, and ticket information can be found at


The American Sephardi Federation, a Partner of the landmark Center for Jewish History, proudly preserves and promotes the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities as an integral part of the Jewish experience