TINGHIR-JERUSALEM: ECHOES FROM MELLAH
Dir. Kamal Hachkar (86min, France/Israel/Morocco, 2012).
In French, Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director Kamal Hachkar in conversation following the screening.
Documentary Moroccan-born Muslim filmmaker Kamal Hachkar explores the 2000-year-old mellah (Jewish quarter) in his family’s village of Tinghir, Morocco, and follows the trail of the town’s once substantial Jewish population to its émigrés and descendants in Israel. In the film, he weaves back and forth between his city’s old Jewish quarter and Israel, where he meets Sephardic Jews who still hold tight to their Moroccan identity.
A fascinating, inquisitive, and deeply humanist work that presents the true story of a long term collaboration between Jews and Muslims that eventually fell apart. As Hachkar tries to understand exactly what happened, he simultaneously seeks a better way forward.
Co-Presented by the Global Muslim Jewish Friendship Forum and Shoulder to Shoulder