They Were Promised the Sea: Arab Jews between Homeland and Promised Land
They Were Promised the Sea

A lyrical, musical, polemical road movie, this film is an intimate journey shot in Morocco, Israel-Palestine, and New York. Kathy Wazana’s research into her family origins in Morocco unleashed a complex web of questions about dual identity, political opportunism, and the challenges faced by those torn between Homeland and Promised Land.

Wazana gives us unique access to a cast of characters that includes a Jewish advisor to the King of Morocco; the director of the only Jewish museum in the Arab world; a Muslim-Moroccan musician/jeweler, who longs for the return of his Jewish friends from Israel; and a Moroccan-Israeli living in exile in New York, whose poetry is dedicated to Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Year: 2013

Time: 74 minutes

Watch the film’s trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theywerepromisedthesea

Watch and purchase the film on demand here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theywerepromisedthesea

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