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Between Revolution & Tradition

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Between Revolution & Tradition

(32 min., 2001, BETA SP/DVD)
  • Written & Directed by: Shaul Kesslassi
  • Produced by: Nefesh Productions


Between Revolution & Tradition is a documentary about the efforts of the Jewish community in Cuba to preserve its identity. After the revolution of 1959, 90% of the 15,000 Cuban Jews left Cuba. The new Cuban Constitution prohibited all forms of religion, a ban that brought the remaining Jewish community close to extinction. Chanukah, a symbol of freedom of faith, is a background theme as the film illustrates the Jewish community’s struggle to maintain its identity. A successful struggle, which reaches its climax at the famous visit of Fidel Castro to the Patronato synagogue in Havana.



  • LA Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009


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