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Friday, February 25, 2011

Zohra El Fassia Documentary Premiers at 15th NY Sephardic Film Festival

Zohra Elfassia (2010) by Haim Shiran will be shown at 5.30 pm on Sunday, March 13 in New York.

Here is the description of the documentary: Zohara Elfassia was born in Fez in 1908 and was one of the greatest singers among the Jewish singers that came out of Morocco. Her presence in every home in Morocco, Jews and Muslims, attests to her popularity. She sang both Jewish and Muslim songs, and her career extended over many years in Fez and other cities in Morocco and Algeria. After she emigrated to Israel in the 1960's, her voice was not heard on public stages and the radio, yet you can still hear her singing on old records and tapes in the homes of Moroccan Jews.
(Israel, 2010, 20 mins.)

Check out this listing and other listings on the Sephardic Film Festival's website.

I haven't seen this yet but am very interested. Has anyone had a chance to watch this? Let me know.