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The Yidishe Gauchos is a story of immigration and survival in the Argentine pampas. At the end of the nineteenth century, thousands of East European Jews fled from persecution and pogroms. With the help of the Jewish Colonization Association, these Jews adapted to a life on the pampas alongside the tough Argentine cowboys, the gauchos. The immigrants became ranchers and farmers; professions unknown to shtetl Jews from East Europe.

The Jewish Gauchos, like their native counterparts, dressed in black hats and wide belts. They adapted the local customs to their new community: They built schools, libraries, theaters, hospitals, and an agricultural cooperative that gave the pampas its own unique Jewish character. Utilizing archival footage, commentary from scholars and interviews with those who remember the earliest days of Jewish settlement in Argentina, this lively documentary illuminates an unknown chapter of modern Jewish history.


"A fascinating glimpse inside an Argentine reality few of us know."
- Richard Fagen, Professor Emeritus of Latin American Studies, Stanford University

"There's nothing like The Yidishe Gauchos... I enthusiastically recommend it."
- Deborah Kaufman, Founder, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival


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The Yidishe Gauchos

USA, 1989, 28 minutes
Spanish with English Subtitles
Directed by Mark Freeman

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Public Exhibition formats: Beta, DVD





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