Director: Don Winkler
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Canadian culture has been enriched by the contributions of immigrants from around the world. Film maker Donald Winkler, in his remarkable documentary "A Sephardic Journey," gives us a glimpse into the life of one such immigrant, Solly Lévy. Through the film, the camera allows us to become part of Solly Lévy's life, albeit just for one special day, where we learn about him through the words of Solly himself, his past students, friends and family.
Solly and his wife Madeleine
are Sephardic Jews who came to Canada from Tangiers, Morocco, in August
of 1968. Despite a history dating back five hundred years, the Sephardic
Jews of Morocco left when things took a turn for the worse for them there
after the Six Days War between Israel and her Arab neighbours. The Israelis
won the war, and thereafter a deep anger, resentment, humiliation and
hurt felt by the Morocaans began to be directed towards Jews within their
borders. Thousands of Sephardic Jews living there no longer felt safe,
and left. Amongst those who fled were Solly and Madeleine Lévy.
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