The Search For Sepharad

Broadcaster and film-maker Dennis Marks travels across the Mediterranean in the footsteps of the Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.

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01In Mobility There Is Blessing2006043020060829

Travelling from Israel via Greece to Andalucia, Dennis discovers a unique collaboration between Jews and Muslims which lasted half a millennium - and a culture that still influences our lives today.

02Exodus2006050720060830

Travelling via Portugal and Italy, Dennis charts the creation of a refuge under the protection of the former Ottoman Empire, where today Sephardic communities still cling tenaciously to their roots.

Dennis Marks travels across the Mediterranean in the footsteps of the Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.

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Exodus

The journey takes Dennis, via Portugal and Italy, to the creation of a refuge under the protection of the former Ottoman Empire, where today Sephardic communities still cling tenaciously to their roots.

03The Sublime Porte2006051420060831

In the Balkans, Sephardic Jews were afforded 500 years of relative stability and influence.

In Istanbul and Izmir, this tradition persists despite the recent terrorist outrages, while in Thessaloniki, devastated by the Nazis in 1943, new shoots survive in the remains of an ancient society.

04 LASTNext Year In Jerusalem2006052120060901

Ending his journey in Jerusalem, Dennis Marks reflects on the transformation of the world of the Sephardic Jews, following two World Wars and the Holocaust, into a melting pot of many civilisations drawn together from the four corners of the Earth.