Argentina, 2019, 88 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Miguel Kohan, Not Rated, Spanish with English subtitles


The Jewish Experience

Wednesday, 1/15 | North American Premiere

With director Miguel Kohan in attendance.

Filmmaker Miguel Kohan connects memories of his Jewish creole family in rural Argentina (Jewish gauchos) with the Sephardic Diaspora originating from Spain in 1492. His voyage takes him to the jungle and for the first time in a long time, reveals abandoned synagogues and cemeteries of the Jodensavanne (Dutch for “Jewish savannah”) in Surinam and the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius. From there he travels to New Amsterdam (New York), Jamaica, and Recife (Brazil). Before venturing to New York, Kohan learns about the assistance that St. Eustatius provided the rebellious British colony later known as the United States of America, by mostly Jewish merchants at great risk to their ships. Miguel's adventures prove that, like their forebears throughout history, Jews who settled in these remote places turned their exile into strength, learning to coexist and even thrive among the locals. The Jewish Experience is a rare trip to the 17th Century in which, along with the filmmaker, we discover a history that has been mostly unknown for two hundred years.


The best of international and independent cinema returns to Miami when the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) takes over the city for its 23rd year. The largest Jewish cultural event in Florida, and one of the three largest Jewish film festivals in the world, takes place this year over 13 days from January 9-23.

General Admission – $15.00
Students & Seniors – $14.00 (with valid ID)
Gables Cinema Members & MJFF Members – $11.00

Check out the rest of our Miami Jewish Film Festival program!