USA | 2017 | 90 min
From Executive Producer, Joseph J. Sitt, the sixth installment of his multi-part series on the Syrian Sephardi community, is the fascinating story of life in Syria for the Jews who remained there after the massive exodus to the US and other countries in the early 1900s. Weaving together stories of pogroms and fires in Aleppo and Damascus in 1947 and 1948, of repression and heroic escapes as Jews in Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt fled persecution, the mysterious Aleppo Codex (part of which was smuggled to safety in Israel), the courageous Rabbi Abraham Kalmanowitz who helped Syrian boys escape to New York, and the Jewish spy, Elie Cohen, who helped his brothers in Israel win the Six Day War before his capture and execution, this is an incredible film about one of the Jewish People’s oldest and most illustrious communities.
Lisa Ades is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films for PBS and cable television for more than 20 years. Her acclaimed film, Miss America, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before its broadcast on the PBS series American Experience in 2002. Previously, she produced award-winning films with Ric Burns, including New York, a ten-hour series (PBS, 1999, Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award), The Way West (PBS, 1995), and The Donner Party (PBS, 1992). Prior to that, she was a producer at WNET/Thirteen on The 11th Hour and Metroline. Documentaries for cable television include Beauty in a Jar (A&E, 2003), In the Company of Women (IFC, 2004), and Indie Sex (IFC, 2007). She is producing and directing GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II, a documentary for broadcast on PBS. Her production company is Turquoise Films, Inc. in New York City.