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Adio Kerida (Goodbye Dear Love)
A film by Ruth Behar
2002, 82 minutes, Color, DVD, Spanish/English, Subtitled
Order No. W03784
Distinguished Anthropologist Ruth Behar (recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship) returns to her native Cuba to profile the island’s remaining Sephardic Jews and chronicle her family’s journey to the U.S. as Cuban-Jewish exiles. Highlighting themes of expulsion and departure that are at the crux of the Sephardic legacy, Behar seeks reconciliation with Cubans on the island and advocates for the possibility of return and renewal. She debunks myths about the country’s Jewish community and unravels the influence of interfaith marriage, Afro-Cuban santería, tourism and the embargo on contemporary Cuban-Sephardic cultural identity. The result is a bittersweet, lyrical, and often humorous portrait of modern-day Cuba that few know exists today. Narrated by Elizabeth Peña.


Cine Festival - PREMIO MESQUITE Honorable Mention
East Lansing Film Festival - Documentary Award
San Fran. Bay Area Latino F F - Jury Award

  • Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival
  • Ann Arbor Human Rights International Film Festival
  • Miami Film Festival
  • Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival
  • Cine Accion San Francisco International Latino Film Festival
  • San Diego Latino Film Festival
  • Vistas Film Festival
  • New York City Reel Jews Film Festival
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
  • North Carolina Jewish Cultural Arts Festival
  • Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival
  • Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival

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    “Personal, poetic, and reflective…offers a glimpse into a relatively unknown realm of the Cuban reality. Recommended.”
    Visual Anthropology Review

    "A wonderful second-generation exploration of Sephardic emigration and the yearning for return of nostalgic memory, painful 'adioses', and the survival of a rich heritage and vision of life. Ruth Behar's film, like her best anthropological writing, is poignant, humorous, gentle, insightful, smart. One comes away from it both knowing much more and touched in the heart."
    Leo Spitzer
    Professor, Dartmouth College and President, Latin American Jewish Studies Assoc.

    "…the best examination of the Jewish Sephardic and Cuban diaspora I have ever seen. It is the artistic and critical work of a brilliant ethnographer…a major contribution to diaspora and mestizaje cultural studies."
    José David Saldívar
    Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

    “…a moving and insightful film. It traces with sensitivity and love the enduring ties between the Sephardic Cuban-Jews and their homeland.”
    Teofilio Ruiz
    History Department., UCLA

    “With the gaze of a poet and the fortitude of an audacious traveler Ruth Behar reveals, unveils and discovers with her audience the emigrant experience of the Jewish refugees in Cuba.”
    Marjorie Agosín
    Wellesley University

    A. Cantu
    Video Librarian

    "Highly recommended. A well-paced, heartfelt documentary."
    Debra Mandel
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    "Offers an easy-to-view introduction to a fascinating culture. Libraries with strong Jewish studies collections should definitely have this one."
    Paul Kaplan
    Library Journal

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    Adio Kerida (Goodbye Dear Love) is included in the following Special Collections.
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