SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Screening of 'Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from the Mellah'


Date: 23 October 2013Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 23 October 2013Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

In this award winning documentary, French film maker Kamal Hachkar explores the 2000-year-old Judeo-Berber culture of Tinghir, a village high in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and follows the trail of the village’s once substantial Jewish population to its émigrés and descendants in Israel. Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from the Mellah was awarded ‘Best Film’ at the Rabat International Film Festival for Human Rights, 2012; ‘Best First Film’ at the Tangier National Film Festival, 2013; and ‘Best Documentary’ at the World Jewish Film Festival, 2012. An abridged 60 minute version of the film will be shown at the round-table.

The film screening will be followed by a round-table discussion with an international panel of expert academics on some of the issues the documentary raises including displacement, migration, belonging and Jewish-Muslim relations in the past and present.

  • 6.00-7.00pm film screening
  • 7.00-8.00pm round-table discussion
  • Kamal Hachkar, independent film director (introduction and over view of themes)
  • Dr Gil Anidjar; professor at Columbia University (US), department of religion and middle east studies (author of "The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy")
  • Dr Moshe  Behar, pears senior lecturer in Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies. He also co-edited Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought, Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture,  1893–1958.
  • Dr Guila-Clara Kessous,Lecturer at Sciences Po, Paris in "Theatre and Human Rights" UNESCO Artist for Peace


Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism in collaboration with the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies and the Centre for Jewish Studies (SOAS), University of London.

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