Trees Cry for Rain: A Sephardic Journey
Directed by: Bonnie Burt
(30 mins) Expelled from Spain in 1492, Jewish people carried with them only their memories and their medieval language, Ladino or Judeo-Spanish, to their exile in the Ottoman Empire. Now after over 500 years, the language and traditions are dying out. This film explores the life of Rachel Amado Bortnik, one of the last generation of Native speakers of Ladino, now living in the U.S. Through songs, photographs, looking and stories, Jewish life and customs in Turkey are remembered.