Bea Lewkowicz is co-director of the filmed interviews: Refugee Voices and is currently the director of Sephardi Voices UK, an audio-visual oral history project which records testimonies of Jews from North Africa and the Middle East in the UK. Her many research interests and publications include: The Jews of Salonika: History, Memory and Identity.
Tales from Two Ends of the Sephardi World
Cultural historian Hilary Pomeroy revealed the enchanted world of abducted princesses and power-crazed kings of the ballads sung by Moroccan Sephardi women, based on poems from Spain before the expulsion of Jews 500 years ago. Israeli diva Yasmin Levy will sing some of them. Social anthropologist Bea Lewkowicz presents stories from Salonika, a once thriving Sephardi community annihilated by the Nazis, but whose collective memory is kept alive by the narratives she has gathered.
Flavours of Babylon
Following a screening of Sephardi Voices, in which seven Jewish men and women from Iraq, Egypt, Iran and Morocco tell their stories of coexistence and persecution, emigration and new beginnings, Linda Dangoor evoked the flavours of Babylon she has captured in her cookbook and what they meant to her.
Films produced by the Association of Jewish Refugees
Both directed by Dr Bea Lewkowicz
Moments and Memories (2005, 38 mins) This film highlights the memories and experiences of fourteen refugees and survivors who came to Britain before and after WW2, and settled in different parts of the United Kingdom.
Continental Britons (2002, 50 mins) Thirteen former refugees from Germany and Austria – among them the actor Andrew Sachs, the writer Judith Kerr and the violinist Norbert Brainin – tell of their experiences of being outsiders,...