- Adio Kerida
name = Adio Kerida: Goodbye my Dear Love
image_size = 150px
runtime = 82 min.
language = Spanishwith English subtitles
website = http://www.wmm.lfchosting.com/filmcatalog/pages/c598.shtml
"Adio Kerida: Goodbye my Dear Love" is an award-winning
2002 documentaryby anthropologist Ruth Beharthat follows her trip back to Cuba, the place of her childhood, as she searches for memories from her past and investigates the dwindling Jewish community that remains.
Ruth Behar was Born in Cuba before
Castro’s revolutionbut was too young to remember the Havanathat she and her family left behind upon immigrating to the U.S.The film follows as Behar leaves her home in Michiganto return to Havana, where her father and grandfather once worked as peddlers.
Behar presents Danayda Levy as an example of
Cuban Jewry. Danayda’s mother is a Jehovah’s Witness, while her father, Jose, is president of the Sephardi Jewish center. She sits in her mother’s apartment, with her sister who practices Santeria, the Nigerian-cum-Afro-Cuban religion. While Santeria sings praise to Elegua, the “one who opens doors,” Danayda plays the drum and professes her commitment to Judaism. Danayda reads from the Torahwith her father's help.
Ruth Behar is half
Ashkenaziand half Sephardic. Her father, a dark haired Turkish Jew, traces his history back to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. “It is said that when our ancestors left Spain, they took the keys with them,” says Behar, “always believing in the possibility of return.” Fittingly then, she finds reminders of her family’s history everywhere: her parents’ former apartment in Havana is unaltered –- not a piece of furniture out of place; the Behar name is all over the gravestones in the Sephardic cemetery; and on the street named Inquisador, Behar visits the ruins of her father’s temple. She asks, “Who am I in Cuba? A returning native, a reluctant anthropologist, or a tourist?”
"Visual Anthropology Review":"Personal, poetic, and reflective...offers a glimpse into a relatively unknown realm of the Cuban reality. Recommended."
"Library Journal":"Offers an easy-to-view introduction to a fascinating culture. Libraries with strong Jewish studies collections should definitely have this one."
title =Adio Kerida
language = English
publisher = The Jewish Channel
accessdate = July 28
title =Adio Kerida (Goodbye Dear Love)
language = English
publisher = Women Making Movies
accessdate = July 28
Culture of Cuba
History of the Jews in Latin America
List of Latin American Jews
History of the Jews in Cuba
Other films about Cuban Jewry:
Trip to Jewish Cuba"
* [http://www.wmm.lfchosting.com/filmcatalog/pages/c598.shtml "Women Making Movies" review]
* [http://www.ruthbehar.com/AdioKerida.htm Ruth Behar's website]
* [http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/306741/Adio-Kerida/overview "New York Times" write-up]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0355174/ IMDb page]
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