This is the second and final film which I produced in Tunisia this (Northern) Spring. It took a while to cut the first of two films, then to cut and promote this one. Journeyman Pictures took it a month or two ago with some success in Scandinavia (thank you, public broadcasting), and I was holding off on promoting it myself until smh.tv/Fairfax Media set up the pay per click streaming of it. They appear to be having some issues over at Fairfax so I’m posting it myself now. Please enjoy, and share.
Posts Tagged ‘Religion’
Tags: arab spring, Islam, Judaism, Politics, Religion, tunisia
Tags: arab spring, Islam, Jews in Tunisia, Judaism, Religion, tunisia, Tunisian Jews
Here’s a recent blog post for SBS News on Tunisia’s Jewish community and the Ghriba festival of Djerba.
‘My son moved away to France, all of the young people did’, the lady showing me around Tunis’s huge Synagogue tells me.
‘How would they find someone to marry here?’
Amid the enormous art deco building heavily guarded day and night, it was a reminder of how the Jewish population of Tunisia has seen its population shrink in the twentieth century.
We sat in a small antechamber where today’s ceremonies are held; there are only a few hundred Jews left in Tunis; down from a national population of perhaps a hundred thousand at the time of the creation of Israel. Many have headed there, and to France.
I visit the Synagogue in the morning before heading down to the island of Djerba for the famed Jewish Ghriba pilgrimage.