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The Jews and the Longest Kiss in History

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The Jews and the Longest Kiss in History

  • JEWS OF SUDAN
( Doc. 60 min, DVCam / DVD, 2011)
  • Directed by: Frédérique Cifuentes Morgan
  • Produced by: Sias Wilson
  • Language: English, French and Hebrew with English and French subtitles

Synopsis

Where the Blue and the White Nile meet is known as the longest kiss in history. This is where the story of the Jews in the Sudan starts with eight Jewish families living under Egyptian-Turkish rule before 1880. In 1977 a group of Jewish people, having fled persecution in the Sudan during the 60’s, organized a highly secret mission to transfer the buried remains in the Jewish cemetery and the Torah Scrolls from Khartoum to Jerusalem. This film reveals the unusual journey of the sacred books from the Sudan to make known how this most enigmatic community has kept its identity. A journey through history told by those that experienced it at firsthand. The film chronicles life under the Mahdi, the effect of British imperialism on the community and the eventual exile and deliberate obliteration of all signs of Judaism in the Sudan.


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Festivals

  • Temple Emanuel of South Hills, USA, 2013
  • LA Sephardic Film Festival, USA, 2012

Educational

  • Library of Congress
  • Temple EmanuEl Library
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • University of Florida
  • University of Pennsylvania
 
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