20th NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Opening Night

Watch Mr. André Azoulay, Councellor to His Majesty the King, Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, accept the 2017 American Sephardi FederationPomegranate Award for Lifetime Achievement at Opening Night of the 20th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival!

Also included in this compilation video are ASF’s President David E. R. Dangoor, جمعية ميمونة Association Mimouna’s Vice President Laziza Dalil, and surprise guest OCP Group’s Chairman and CEO Mostafa Terrab, as well as performances by Algerian-French recording legend Enrico Macias and his talented grandson Symon Mill, Israeli-Moroccan singer Neta Elkayam and Amit Hai Cohen, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and French-Moroccan baritone opera singer David Serero.

Pictured in the crowd: ASF’s good friends Ambassador Omar Hilale, Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Larbi R’Miki, who came from Washington, D.C. on behalf of HH Princess Lalla Joumala, Morocco’s new Ambassador to the United States, Morocco’s Counsul General at New York Mr. Mohammed Benabdeljalil, Sir Charles Dahan, VP of the World Federation of Moroccan Jewry, Col. Jonathan de Sola Mendes, a Sephardi WWII and Korean War hero, and Mr. Simo Ellaoussi, Founder of Moroccan Americans in New York, as well as ASF Board Members Raquel Laredo Benatar, Carol Basri, Norris Wolff, Oded Halahmy, Nina Weiner, Norman Belmonte, Jamil Ezra, and Chairman Mike Nassimi.

Special thanks to our NYSJFF Red Carpet Sponsors:

Royal Air Maroc, Pomegranate Gallery/Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts, Inc., The Slovin Foundation, and the Moroccan National Tourism Office (www.MuchMorocco.com) and our Media Partners: Moment Magazine, Tablet Magazine, Jewish Image Magazine, Jewish Voice, Morocco World News, filmfestivals.com, Algemeiner, Myfrenchcity: Actualités en français de Miami à New York, Bella Magazine, Village Voice, The Jewish Week, BroadwayWorld, and The Forward

Shukran Bezaf to the multi-talented Fatima Matousse (https://vimeo.com/user60397999) a Fulbright Scholarship Recipient and MFA Student at CUNY (The City University of New York), for creating, from the cinematography to editing, this beautiful video as a gift in support of “the amazing work you [ASF] are doing building peace and bridges through cultural events.”