Sephardic Film

Films by and about Middle Eastern and North African Jews in Israel

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The question is: How much more problematic is that "place" for Mizrahim who dreamed of the promised land but in reality are excluded and thus further exiled? Barbara Johnson, a leading American cultural critic, suggests that ethnicity itself can be understood as being Home. To be Home, accordingly, is associated with the comfort generated by speaking in one's own language and operating within one's own history.

This is in opposition to being at another's home, which Johnson compares to tourism. If, until the present, Sephardic Israelis remained "tourists" in their own country--incidental to the narratives and experience of European Jews--at last there is a shift to a new space from which to articulate Home.

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Ruth Tsoffar

Ruth Tsoffar is an assistant professor of Hebrew Literature, Language, and Culture in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan.