MY SWEET CANARY
Israel/Greece/France, 2011, documentary
English, Greek, Turkish, Ladino and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Roy Sher
Roza Eskenazi sang the way she lived--with passion, fire and love. When her posters were displayed in every gramophone store, her Bohemian looks would drive even the toughest men crazy! Three contemporary musicians from Greece, Turkey and Israel embark on an exciting journey to tell the story of Roza, Greece’s best-known and best-loved “Rebetiko” (Greek blues) singer. Traveling throughout Turkey and Greece, the trio follows the musical trail that the Diva of Rebetiko left behind…a trail that leads them to a world that has largely vanished, but whose sounds continue to echo throughout the Mediterranean and beyond.
THIS FILM IS FUNDED BY THE ARTHUR TRACY “THE STREET SINGER” ENDOWMENT FUND honoring the memory and musical legacy of Arthur Tracy--the renowned radio, stage and screen singer and entertainer whose talent delighted millions around the world. The arts programs supported by this fund continue Tracy’s ability to entertain for years to come.
CO-SPONSORED BY the Embassy of France, Embassy of Israel, Embassy of Greece, Hellenic Foundation for Culture and America-Israel Cultural Foundation
CO-SPONSORED BY the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival