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The 22nd NySJFF Opening Night & The Pomegranate Awards
March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
The 22nd NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival will take place from 6-20 March 2019!
The American Sephardi Federation’s NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. This year’s ten-day NYSJFF features a record 12 première film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, our first Master Class, as well as special honorees and guests. Each night of the Festival is a different themed program honoring the rich and diverse communities the ASF represents. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts.
The Pomegranate Award is sculpted by Baghdad-born artist Oded Halahmy
Each night of the Festival is a different themed program honoring the rich and diverse communities ASF represents.
Moroccan Opening Night & The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony, 6:30PM, Wednesday, 6 March:
Albert Memmi, this year’s Pomegranate Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient will appear via a video, RUE ALBERT MEMMI, recorded in his Paris home by the ASF
EL HARA (2017) – NY Première
Performance by Moroccan star and 2019 Pomegranate Award recipient Maxime Karoutchi
Directed by Margaux Fitoussi & Mo Scarpelli
USA/Tunisia, 15min, Short Documentary, NY Premiere
French & Arabic w/ English subtitles
How do the fortresses we build to protect ourselves affect the people we become? Through a cinematic journey of the Hara (former Jewish Quarter of Tunis, Tunisia) today, punctuated by an exclusive interview with Albert Memmi and readings of his lyrical prose, EL HARA explores how the places we come from shape who we become.
Margaux Fitoussi is an aspiring anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2011, Fitoussi proceeded to become a Presidential Scholar at Harvard University. Fitoussi’s research focuses on historical memory, Judeo-Muslim relations and the impact of French colonization in North Africa. While living in Southern and Central Africa from 2011 to 2014, she researched armed groups and implemented civilian projection projects
Brooklyn-based filmmaker and multimedia journalist Mo Scarpelli uses character-driven stories to connect people, challenge notions and share perspectives on global issues. Scarpelli’s journalism work has been published with the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Africa Review, The Huffington Post, Gothamist and Narratively. Scarpelli has also directed and produced promotional films for such brands as Isaac Mizrahi, Yahoo! and Vistaprint. Before forming Rake Films in 2012, he spent over two years directing, shooting, editing and producing media for the nonprofit organization Charity: Water. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri, where she spearheaded multimedia storytelling for traditional news outlets, as well as The Columbia Missourian. Scarpelli is co-directors with Alexandria Bombach of the film Frame by Frame, which tells the story of photojournalism in Afghanistan