Cinema, French, North African Jewish Actors and Characters in
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Between 1955 and 1967, most North African Jews settled in France. Today, Sephardi/ Mizraḥi Jews represent a majority of the approximately 600,000 Jews living there. They include many talented filmmakers and artists who displayed, forgot, or rejected their Jewish roots.

The first filmmaker to include North African Jewish characters was Alexandre Arcady. Born in 1947 in Algiers, he directed Le Coup de Sirocco in 1979, which dealt with Jews and Catholic settlers (so-called pieds noirs) in Algeria before independence. In 1982, Le Grand Pardon (Eng. title: Day of Atonement) was rem…

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Serge Ankri, “Cinema, French, North African Jewish Actors and Characters in”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 19 January 2019
First published online: 2010

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