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Film Screening: They Were Promised the Sea

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10205 111 Street

The Green Room (IFSSA)

Edmonton, AB T5K 1K9

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The AMPAC Muslim-Jewish Women's Collective presents a public screening of the documentary film They Were Promised the Sea by director Kathy Wazana.

This event is free of charge and unlike past gatherings of the Women's Collective, this event is open to everyone. The film will be followed by a discussion with AMPAC facilitator and VP External Affairs Nakita Valerio, who recently completed graduate studies in history on the same subject of the film: Muslim-Jewish relations in Morocco.

Donations will be accepted at the door and will be used towards the Muslim-Jewish Women's Collective charity initiatives, including support of the Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership Cree Women's Camp.

There is babysitting for *some* children. Those children MUST be registered via the Eventbrite link. We cannot accommodate large numbers of small children outside of the babysitting space. Children aged 10 years and above are welcome to remain with their parents.

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THEY WERE PROMISED THE SEA is an intimate journey shot in Morocco, Israel-Palestine, and New York. Director 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/jeweller 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.

In Israel-Palestine we meet Moroccan Israelis who long to return. One will make the journey. With Shira Ohayon, education director of the Andalusian Orchestra of Israel, we travel to Morocco where belonging and homeland takes on a new and disturbing meaning.


The film’s haunting score consists of original recordings of Andalusian and Sephardic music, performed in Arabic, Hebrew and Ladino. In one memorable scene, a Rabbi and an Imam, backed by a Sufi orchestra, performing liturgical poetry to Andalusian music in Hebrew and Arabic, seamlessly moving from Adonai to Allah, and providing a breathtaking glimpse of the genuinely symbiotic relationship of Jewish and Muslim Arab cultural heritage. Here in Morocco, brotherhood has continued to exist between “enemies”.


They Were Promised the Sea reveals the intersections of identity, community and belonging within a complex political environment. The film exposes the political maneuvering that separated communities that had lived together for thousands of years, and also gives voice to those who resisted and continue to resist the separation of Arab and Jew.

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