Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 38: A Sephardic
Journey: Solly Lévy... From Morocco to Montréal
Directed by Don Winkler
Director Donald Winkler, in
his film A Sephardic Journey ... Solly Lévy from Morocco to
Montréal takes the audience into the world of Solly Lévy,
a Sephardic Jew who came to Canada from Morocco in 1968.
The camera follows Solly as he makes his way through his day. En route,
we meet the four pillars of his life: Family, Religion, Education and
Theatre. As we make this journey with Solly Lévy, it becomes apparent
that one man can make a difference to the fabric of a nation, not through
one great act, but through a thousand good deeds.
- The power of the written
word to a culture.
- The importance of theatre
to the fabric of a society.
- Dangers of blind nationalism.
- Similarities between the
French Canadian and the Jewish struggle in preserving a culture.
- Sephardic Jew.
- Six Day War.
- To explore the dangers and
positive aspects of nationalism.
- To learn the importance
of the written word in how a culture defines itself.
- To explore how theatre can
be used to build bridges between different cultures.
- To explore the similarities
between the French Canadian and Jewish cultures.
- Solly Lévy found
that the theatre offered him a means to build bridges between communities.
Form a group of five or six people and write (and perform) a one act
play which reflects the reality and concerns of the community which
you belong to. Consider that the teenage community is often made up
of different cultures, or "communities" and address some of
the tensions this sometimes creates
- Visit your local community
theatre. Invite one of the actors to speak to your class to talk about
the art of theatre and how it has affected his or her life.
- The Sephardic Jewish culture
is very different from the Ashkenazic Jewish culture (from Eastern Europe)
that many people are familiar with. Explore the history of the Sephardic
Jewish culture, and if there is a Sephardic synagogue or community in
your city, see if you can make contact with someone to learn more about
- The implications of the
"Six Day War" between Israel and her neighbours are still
being felt today. Research the history of the "Six Day War"
and study a map of the Middle East. Have there been any long term ramifications
from this war?
- When Solly Lévy was
asked what he would like to share with the people of Montréal
he spoke of the Shofar, the Ram's Horn, which is blown at Rosh Hashana.
The Shofar is a powerful symbol, a part of Solly Lévy's faith.
- Explore what symbols
you have within your own culture. Which are important? What symbols
are important to the Canadian culture?
- A few years ago there
was a controversy in Canada about the RCMP uniform being adapted
to accommodate officers who, though Canadian, were part of another
culture as well, and therefore had certain dress codes. What were
the concerns of both sides? How do you feel about this issue?
- How can national symbols
be used in both positive and negative ways to both unite and divide
people? Don't forget to consider the symbols of Nazi Germany in
- Explore whether or not Canada
generally, and Quebec specifically, are good places for immigrants and
refugees to go if they want to preserve their traditional cultures.
- Many Jewish refugees who
were refused entry into Canada during WWII were sent back to Europe
and murdered. Today, Canada lets in many refugees who, like the Jews,
would otherwise face discrimination, torture or death in their home
countries. Research some of the recent waves of refugees (not immigrants)
to Canada including their reasons for leaving their countries, and then
discuss with your classmates what you think Canada's obligations are
to the refugees of the world.
- In Toronto, there is an
organization called Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture that work
s with recent refugees to Canada who have been tortured in their home
countries because of their political beliefs. Find out about CCVT and
see if there is some volunteer project you can help with (they are always
looking for toy donations for their Christmas party). Also, they have
a collection of poems written by some of the refugees about their lives.
If you can get some of these, read them aloud to your classmates.