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Thread #2800   Message #1123805
Posted By: fretless
25-Feb-04 - 05:27 PM
Thread Name: Hebrew/ Yiddish/ Ladino songs
Subject: RE: Hebrew/ Yiddish/ Ladino songs
National Center for Jewish Film
2000 40 Minutes Color and B&W
Directors Ankica Petrovic
and Mischa Livingstone

According to legend, when the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, they took with them the keys to their homes and synagogues hoping that one day they would return. They never did, but their Spanish cultural heritage remained a powerful influence in their lives.

In this uplifting tale of survival and continuity, acclaimed Sephardic folksinger, Flory Jagoda, tells her story and sings songs both old and new in Ladino, the tongue of her ancestors. Flory grew up on the outskirts of Sarajevo, Bosnia. Under the threat of Nazi persecution, she fled to United States. Single-handedly she has revived the nearly forgotten musical traditions of her childhood.

Her songs range from tales of thwarted love to reflections on the destruction of Sarajevo in the recent Bosnian war. Flory tells the story of her life, as she sings with warmth and passion. She celebrates life itself, delighting audiences with her songs and touching them with her story.