Living together: The Moroccan exception highlighted in New York

Friday, April 8, 2022 at 01:54 PM New York – In the Moise Safra Center in the heart of Manhattan, the New York public was treated, on Thursday evening, to an eminently Moroccan “journey” which explores the distinctive marks of a thousand-year-old Kingdom where the values ​​of peace, harmony and living together coexist in complete harmony. Through the documentary film by director Kamal Hachkar, “In your eyes I see my country”, screened in preview during the closing ceremony of the 24th edition of the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF), the assistance composed including personalities from different backgrounds, was able to appreciate the many facets of a Moroccan culture forged in solidarity, coexistence and acceptance of others. “This film is a strong tribute to the plurality of my country”, launched the young Moroccan director, who said he was “very moved” to present this work for the first time to the public of the Big Apple. “In your eyes I see my country” tells the story of two Jewish artists who travel to Morocco in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents born in the region of Tinghir. Of Moroccan origin, these two artists, Neta Elkayam and Ami Hai Cohen, are driven in their quest by the irresistible ambition to perpetuate the Judeo-Moroccan heritage and pass it on to future generations. “Through our history and our trip to Morocco, the cradle of our ancestors, we want to contribute to the preservation of this precious heritage,” Ms. ElKayam told MAP, stressing that the rising generations have the right to know and assimilate this essential and indivisible component of their identity. For its director, the documentary “also shows how the young Moroccan Jewish generation is proud of its identity. She continues to promote it around the world”. “The strength of our country is its cultural diversity, especially in these times of community withdrawal. It is therefore our duty to teach it to the younger generations”, insisted the artist, adding in this regard that he is in the process of preparing the first edition of the festival of plural cultures in Tinghir. In the same vein, Jason Guberman, President of the American Sephardi Federation (ASF), at the origin of the Festival, noted that this event celebrates two major feats achieved under the far-sighted leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, namely the American recognition of Morocco's full sovereignty over its Sahara and the resumption of relations with Israel. For Mr. Guberman, Morocco stands out as an “important example” of coexistence and living together in a world confronted with the rise of intolerance and hatred. He also indicated that the ASF is active in New York and in Morocco, where it has three offices in Rabat, Fez and Essaouira, with the aim of contributing to the efforts made in the Kingdom to preserve the tradition. Jewish-Moroccan. New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival is an annual event that has just resumed its activities in the American metropolis after a two-year hiatus imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.