SILVER SCREEN AWARD US International Film and Video Festival (1995)

This documentary film visits the Los Angeles community of Rhodeslis, Jews who lived on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes from 1492 to World War II. It shows how immigrants from Rhodes settled in Los Angeles during and after World War II and passed down their traditions, food, songs, rituals, and their medieval Ladino Spanish dialect to their American-born children and grandchildren.

Informative and entertaining, this film is an excellent opportunity to experience a little-known area of Jewish culture and history. Interviews with some of the last surviving Rhodeslis, footage of traditional food preparation and ceremonies (including a faith healing), and the impressions of second and third generation Rhodeslis descendants are included in this charming documentary exploring how a transplanted culture is both preserved and transformed in a new land.


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Island of Roses:
The Jews of Rhodes in Los Angeles

USA, 1995, 55 minutes, Color
English, Italian, French & Ladino with English subtitles
Directed by Gregori Viens

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Public Exhibition formats: Beta, DVD





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