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The Fire Within: Jews in the Amazonian Rainforest

November 27, 2012, 7:00pm


Dale Hall Tower, Oklahoma University
455 West Lindsey St., University of Oklahoma


 

This documentary focuses on the Jewish community of Iquitos, an isolated Peruvian city in the Amazon jungle of South America. Jewish men from Morocco first came to Iquitos during the rubber boom in the late 19th century, married Amazonian women and raised families, while creating their own syncretic Jewish tradition.


This film recreates this story through the descendants of those Jewish immigrants, searching together with these "mestizos" for vestiges of Jewish presence in Amazonia and accompanying them on their return to Israel.



(Novos Lares) New Homes: The Story of Jews in Nilópolis

November 28, 2012, 7:00pm


Dale Hall Tower, Oklahoma University
455 West Lindsey St., University of Oklahoma


 

The story of Nilóplis, a once-thriving Jewish neighborhood near Rio de Janeiro founded by Eastern European Jews at the end of World War I. When several of its former residents return for a visit, they fondly recall their lives in the close-knit community and reflect upon the experience of Jews throughout Brazil.



Jubanos: The Jews of Cuba

November 29, 2012, 7:00pm


Dale Hall Tower, Oklahoma University
455 West Lindsey St., University of Oklahoma


 

Cuba is known for its revolutionary leaders, communism, cigars, and 50's cars. When the Cuban Revolution hit in 1961, religion was banned, leaving the Cuban Jewish Community struggling to sustain itself for nearly three decades. JUBANOS: THE JEWS OF CUBA, tells the humbling story of the 1500 Jews who remained in the country despite the difficulties. The journey to rediscovering and reviving Jewish life raises questions about faith, sustenance, strength, and the future, which the Cuban Jews continue to face still today.


For more information contact:
University of Oklahoma's Judaic & Israel Studies