Adio Kerida

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Adio Kerida: Goodbye my Dear Love
Directed by Ruth Behar
Release date(s) 2002 (USA)
Running time 82 min.
Language Spanish with English subtitles

Adio Kerida: Goodbye my Dear Love is an award-winning 2002 documentary by anthropologist Ruth Behar that follows her trip back to Cuba, the place of her childhood, as she searches for memories from her past and investigates the dwindling Jewish community that remains.


Ruth Behar was Born in Cuba before the Cuban Revolution but was too young to remember the Havana that she and her family left behind upon immigrating to the U.S. The film follows as Behar leaves her home in Michigan to return to Havana, where her father and grandfather once worked as peddlers.

Danayda and her father

Behar presents Danayda Levy as an example of Cuban Jewry. Danayda's mother is a Jehovah's Witness, while her father, Jose, is president of the Sephardi Jewish center. She sits in her mother's apartment, with her sister who practices Santería, the Nigerian-cum-Afro-Cuban religion. While Santería sings praise to Elegua, the "one who opens doors," Danayda plays the drum and professes her commitment to Judaism. Danayda reads from the Torah with her father's help.

Ruth Behar is half Ashkenazi and half Sephardic. Her father, a dark haired Turkish Jew, traces his history back to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. "It is said that when our ancestors left Spain, they took the keys with them," says Behar, "always believing in the possibility of return." Fittingly then, she finds reminders of her family's history everywhere: her parents’ former apartment in Havana is unaltered –- not a piece of furniture out of place; the Behar name is all over the gravestones in the Sephardic cemetery; and on the street named Inquisador, Behar visits the ruins of her father's temple. She asks, "Who am I in Cuba? A returning native, a reluctant anthropologist, or a tourist?"


Visual Anthropology Review: "Personal, poetic, and reflective...offers a glimpse into a relatively unknown realm of the Cuban reality. Recommended."

Library Journal: "Offers an easy-to-view introduction to a fascinating culture. Libraries with strong Jewish studies collections should definitely have this one."

See also[edit]

Other films about Cuban Jewry:


  • "Adio Kerida". The Jewish Channel. Retrieved July 28. 

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