The film chronicles the centuries-old Ladino language and Sephardic food culture of the Jewish community in Turkey. This is a story of more than five centuries, and this documentary provides us with a glimpse of this past and taste of a fading yet evolving culture.
In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young Jewish refugees, founded legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. At a time when African-American musicians faced legal discrimination, Blue Note Records respected them as artists and equals.
Arriving in France from North Africa with barely a suitcase in hand during the 1950s and 60s, these Sephardic immigrants and refugees became the stars and legends of French show-business: among them Enrico Macias, Robert Castel, Lucette Sahuquet, and Norbert Saada.
During the 1950s, free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell head over heels for the mambo. Set in Havana, Miami Beach, New York, and the Catskill Mountains, The Mamboniks features a now retired of aficionados who share their passion for Latin music and dance.
Eric Bednarski obtained an amateur 8mm film of archival footage of life inside the Warsaw Ghetto. Bednarski created a movie that combines the footage with testimonials, interviews with architects, and urban historians, and the Nazis’ unrealized plans for post-war Warsaw.