Songs of the Sephardim in Izmir

In Izmir, an ancient Turkish city rich with religious history and culture, Ceni is working to preserve Ladino—the endangered language of Sephardic Jews. Ceni’s family migrated to Turkey centuries ago, following the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Like many others in her generation, Ceni grew up with parents and grandparents who spoke Ladino at home, but the language wasn’t passed down. Through music and song, Ceni finds a deep connection with her Sephardic heritage and hopes to save Ladino for future generations.
WHY WE LIKE THIS FILM: A lovely musical tale of the efforts to preserve Ladino culture and some of the diverse heritage of Türkiye.
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YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 15 Minutes
LANGUAGE(S): Ladino, Turkish, English
PREMIERE STATUS: Southwest Premiere




DIRECTOR(S):Brooke Saias, Anna Clare Spelman
CAST:Ceni Musafir, Nesim Bencoya