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Flory's Flame
Golden Bough Playhouse
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
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Flory's Flame

Carmel Jewish Film Festival
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Flory's Flame (2014)

Food & Wine Reception: 6:30 p.m.

Film: 7:30 p.m.

Concert following film: A rare concert of Sephardic music featuring Flory Jagoda, Howard Bass, Susan Gaeta, Flory's daughter Betty Jagoda Murphy, and Flory's granddaughter Ariel Lowell.

Venue:  Golden Bough Playhouse, Carmel, CA
Genre: Documentary PG
Run Time: 58 minutes
Director: Curt Fissel
Language: Englist
Country of Origin: USA

Garden State International Film Festival, Official Entry
Palm Beach International Film Festival, Official Entry
Cinemas Americas International Film Festival

In September 2013 renowned 90-year old Sephardic composer and performer Flory Jagoda headlined her Celebration Concert in the prestigious halls of the U.S. Library of Congress.  A National Heritage Fellow, the highest honor given by the U.S. to traditional artists, Flory was born in Sarajevo into a musical family. Her heritage stretched back to Spain for hundreds of years prior to the Jewish expulsion during the Inquisition in 1492.  In a small Jewish community in Bosnia over the ensuing centuries, the songs and lyrics of that culture were lovingly passed down relatively intact, ultimately reaching Flory.  The only member of her family to survive the Holocaust,  Flory has spent her career composing, recording and performing this music worldwide.
Twenty-five musicians with whom she has performed over the years joined Flory at the sold-out Celebration Concert. "Flory's Flame" interlaces selections from the concert with episodes detailing her challenging and ultimately triumphant life path and her mission to ensure the continuity of her family's cultural legacy through her music.

A food and wine reception will precede the film.

After the film, the festival will feature a rare concert with Sephardic musician and composer Flory Jagoda, her daughter Betty, and two additional musicians.

One familiar composition is "Ocho Kandelikas" ("Eight Little Candles"), a lilting Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) song for the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.

Born in Sarajevo in 1923, internationally known singer and composer Flory Jagoda spent her childhood summers in the Bosnian village of Vlasenica. She was raised within her extended Altarac family, whose musical prowess, rich Sephardic traditions, and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language stretched back to pre-Inquisition Spain. She learned many traditional songs from her grandmother.

As a child Flory moved with her parents to Zagreb, where she received her first "harmonika" (accordion) and learned to play it by ear. During World War II, Flory and her parents escaped the Holocaust by moving first to Split on the Dalmatian Coast; then to the island of Korula in the Adriatic Sea; and finally to Bari, Italy. There she met and married U.S. Army Master Sgt. Harry Jagoda and arrived in America as a war bride in 1946.

Come join us, March 5-20, 2016, and experience the magic of truly great cinema. The festival includes films, receptions, discussions, a deli meal, and a concert.

For more details about the films, speakers and activities, and Sponsorship benefits, go to www.carmeljff.org.

You can also search with keyword CarmelJFF on the Brown Paper Tickets site.

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Individual tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Tickets can be purchased online up to 48 hours in advance of each film and event. Tickets for each film and event can also be purchased at the box office one hour prior to event or film based on availability.

All sales are final. There are no refunds.

Service fee applies for all individual ticket purchases and packages.

General admission tickets can be picked up ONLY at Will Call.

All receptions include food and wine.

Events and Guests are subject to change based on their availability or circumstances beyond our control.

Special guidelines apply to Sponsorship tickets. See the Sponsorship page at www.carmeljff.org for details.


Golden Bough Playhouse (View)
Monte Verde St between 8th. & 9th. Ave.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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