Washington Jewish Film Festival 2016
Sara Levy Cohen
Country of production: Israel
Year of production: 2014
Length: 13 minutes
Language: Ladino/Hebrew (English subtitles)
Director: Zohar Melinek
Producer: Zohar Melinek
Writer: Zohar Melinek
Cinematography: Zohar Melinek
Editor: Zohar Melinek
Participants: Sara Levy Cohen, Zohar Melinek
Sara Levy Cohen is 96 years old. She lived for 70 years in a modest apartment in Nahlaot in Jerusalem. Her Mothers' language, Ladino, is the way she used to communicate with her family and friends before immigrating to Israel.
In Israel she had to abandon her former language and adapt to the Hebrew language as a part of her new national status. Before she immigrated, Sarah lived in Turkey, Syria and Romania. She sang traditional songs in Ladino, underground, without the knowledge of her religious father. Sarah and her mothers' language, fading with the time, reveal a story of cultural identity in constant motion.