June 2015

Sephardic Film Festival in Buenos Aires
 Tuesday, June 16 at 19:30

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Preserving the haunting beauty of the Judeo-Spanish language and music is a reminder that culture can survive every form of oppression except neglect…and it is up to us to keep it alive.


Can a language save your life?

Yes it can, even an ancient one from the 15th century.

Saved by Language tells the story of Moris Albahari, a Sephardic Jew from Sarajevo (born 1930), who spoke Ladino/Judeo-Spanish, his mother tongue, to survive the Holocaust. 

Moris used Ladino to communicate with an Italian Colonel who helped him escape to a Partizan refuge after he ran away from the train taking Yugoslavian Jews to Nazi death camps. By speaking in Ladino to a Spanish-speaking US pilot in 1944 he was able to survive and lead the pilot, along with his American and British colleagues, to a safe Partizan airport.  



Filming of the documentary took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia from July-August 2012. The official demo has been uploaded to our website for your viewing.

Post-production completed in July 2014.