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Miami Theatrical Premiere Engagement! CUBA'S FORGOTTEN JEWELS: A HAVEN IN HAVANA by Judy Kreith and Robin Truesdale

  • 17 Mar 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SAT, MAR 17, 6p:

Miami Theatrical Premiere!



Documentary by JUDY KREITH and ROBIN TRUESDALE/USA/2017/46mins.

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels explores the little known story of the Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and found a safe haven on the Caribbean island of Cuba. After a wave of Jewish refugees to Cuba in the 1920’s and 30’s, the island shut its doors to immigrants, most notably to the Jews aboard the ship the St. Louis in 1939. In 1940, Cuba changed course and took in 6,000 Jewish refugees, including hundreds of Jewish diamond cutters and their families who, for a few years, turned the small tropical island into one of the world’s major diamond-polishing centers. In the factories, women work beside men, Jews beside Cubans. 

The film was born of the tales that Marion Kreith told her daughter Cuba’s Forgotten Jewelsco-director Judy Kreith about her escape from Nazi-occupied Belgium and her teenage years in 1940s Havana. Marion and other refugees interviewed in the film recall their lives in wartime Havana: the draw of Cuban food, music and dance, its language and people, and also the challenges they faced in this unfamiliar land. 
Features an original soundtrack of Cuban and Jewish music. In English.

Official Selection: Miami Jewish Film Festival

Winner - Award of Merit Documentary Feature, Impact DOCS Awards 2017 
Winner - JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant (Inaugural Award) 2017

Huyeron de los Nazis
By Sarah Moreno, El Nuevo Herald, Miami
“El documental Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: a Haven in Havana rescata una parte de la historia de Cuba olvidada.”

A tropical story of diamonds and Holocaust survival in ‘Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels’

"This new film explores the forgotten era when the Caribbean island became a temporary gem hub after opening its doors to thousands of European Jews fleeing the Nazis.”-Times of Israel, August 14, 2017

Los joyeros judíos de Cuba recuperados en un documental que defiende la acogida

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