Adio Kerida (Goodbye Dear Love)

A film by Ruth Behar

2002 | 82 minutes | Color | DVD | Spanish/English | Subtitled | Order No. 03784


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.


“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


  • Cine Festival - PREMIO MESQUITE Honorable Mention
  • East Lansing Film Festival - Documentary Award
  • San Fran. Bay Area Latino F F - Jury Award
  • Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival
  • New York City Reel Jews Film Festival
  • Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival
  • Miami Film Festival
  • Ann Arbor Human Rights International Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana
  • Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival
  • Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • North Carolina Jewish Cultural Arts Festival
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival
  • Vistas Film Festival
  • San Diego Latino Film Festival
  • Cine Accion San Francisco International Latino Film Festival
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival


Ruth Behar

Ruth Behar, a Cuban-American anthropologist and writer, was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York. She was twenty-six when she received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Princeton University and she is now the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. A writer, a cultural anthropologist, and a modern nomad, Behar has lived and worked in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba. She is known for her humanistic approach to understanding identity, immigration, and the search for a home in our global era.

In 1988, Behar was the first Latino woman to be awarded a MacArthur fellowship and she is also a recipient of the Belpré Medal. Her research on the dwindling Jewish community in Cuba is also the focus of her film, ADIO KERIDA (2002). It featured camera work and editing by her son Gabriel Frye-Behar and has been shown in festivals around the world. (01/20)


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