The Jews and the Longest Kiss in History (2011) – The Jews of Sudan

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A film directed by Frédérique Cifuentes Morganby

Where the Blue and the White Nile meet is known as the longest kiss in history. This is where the story of the Jews in the Sudan starts with eight Jewish families living under Egyptian-Turkish rule before 1880.

In 1977 a group of Jewish people, having fled persecution in the Sudan during the 60’s, organized a highly secret mission to transfer the buried remains in the Jewish cemetery and the Torah Scrolls from Khartoum to Jerusalem. This film reveals the unusual journey of the sacred books from the Sudan to make known how this most enigmatic community has kept its identity.

A journey through history told by those that experienced it first hand. The film chronicles life under the Mahdi, the effect of British imperialism on the community and the eventual exile and deliberate obliteration of all signs of Judaism in the Sudan.

Film Screening and Discussion with the Director.

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