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Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from the Mellah

In collaboration with the Centre for Jewish Studies and Centre for Diaspora and Migration Studies, SOAS, University of London

Event Information

23rd October, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Khalili Lecture Theatre, Philips Building,Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H OXG
Professor Gil Anidjar, Columbia University; Dr Moshe Behar, University of Manchester; Kamal Hachkar, independent film maker; Dr Guila Clara Kessous, Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po)

Film screening and round-table discussion

6.00-7.00pm film screening
7.00-8.00pm round-table discussion

In this award winning documentary, French film maker Kamal Hachkar explores the 2000-year-old Judeo-Berber culture of Tinghir, a village high in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and follows the trail of the village’s once substantial Jewish population to its émigrés and descendants in Israel.

The film screening will be followed by a round-table discussion by leading scholars on some of the issues the documentary raises, including displacement, migration, citizenship and belonging and Muslim and Jewish relations in the past and present.

Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from the Mellah was awarded ‘Best Film’ at the Rabat International Film Festival for Human Rights, 2012; ‘Best First Film’ at the Tangier National Film Festival, 2013; and ‘Best Documentary’ at the World Jewish Film Festival, 2012. An abridged 60 minute version of the film will be shown at the round-table.

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