Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana

Dirs. Judy KreithRobin Truesdale | 45 min
Documentary United States 2017 English DC Premiere

Thursday, May 36:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC Spanish subtitles

Saturday, May 56:10 PM AFI Silver Theatre Pre-Sale Only*

*Saturday screenings before 6:15pm are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

After allowing in a wave of Jewish refugees in the 1920s and 30s, Cuba shut its doors to immigrants, most notably to the Jews aboard the SS St. Louis in 1939. In 1940, Cuba changed course and took in 6,000 Jewish refugees, including hundreds of Jewish diamond cutters who, for a few years, turned the tropical island into one of the world’s major diamond-polishing centers.

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels was born of the tales that Marion Kreith told her daughter (co-director Judy Kreith) about her escape from Nazi-occupied Belgium and her teenage years in 1940s Havana.

Plays with One For The Road.

Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Judy Kreith.

Co-presented by Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN DC) Generation After


Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Judy Kreith.

Judy Kreith is a professional dance educator and choreographer. She received her MA Degree from Stanford University. Her mother, Marion Finkels Kreith, is the key inspiration for this film. Judy has extensively studied Cuban dance and while in Cuba, began research into the Jewish refugees’ diamond polishing industry that flourished in Havana during the Second World War, working on-site with Cuban historians. Judy contributes her research and knowledge, along with her personal connection and passion for this project and its potential impact. She has spoken on this topic to many groups, including a conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.


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National Center for Jewish Film
Lisa Rivo


This event finished on May 6, 2018.