The Untold History of Ankara's Jewish Community

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About the film


The Untold History of Ankara's Jewish Community

Director    :    Enver Arcak
Camera    :    Larissa Araz & Zeynep Şişman
Editing    :    Sami Öztürk
Music    :    Aydın Akın

The origins of one of the earliest known Jewish communities in Anatolia, which was located in Ankara, date back to the 2nd century BC. Initially formed in the Roman era, the numbers of the community increased with the Sephardic migrations in the 15th century and reached a peak in the first half of the 20th century. This documentary traces the development of the community from the Hellenistic through the Ottoman periods with particular focus on the previously untold social and economic dynamics in the 20th century through interviews with individuals who have migrated from Ankara to Istanbul and to various cities in Israel. As such, this documentary feature stands out as a precursor in research and recording on this very topic.


The Team


Enver Arcak


Larissa Araz


Zeynep Şişman


Sami Öztürk


Aydın Akın


News / Press

Presentations & Screenings

  • Switzerland International Film Festival, Official Selection, December 2018
  • 5th International Usak Winged Seahorse Short Film Festival, Final Selection, December 2018
  • Bilkent University, Special Screening, Ankara, November 2018
  • The Architects’ Association 1927, Special Screening, Ankara, November 2018
  • Middle East Technical University (METU), Special Screening, Ankara, November 2018
  • XII. Istanbul International Architectural and Urban Films Festival, Official Selection, October 2018
  • 1st Foça Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Film Days, Special Screening, October 2018
  • 3rd Beyond the Borders International Documentary Film Festival, Official Selection, Castellorizo, September 2018
  • American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), Special Screening, Ankara, June 2018
  • Istanbul Bilgi University, Special Screening, April 2018
  • Ankara University, Faculty of Communication, Special Screening, April 2018
  • 17th Boston Turkish Film Festival, Special Screening: The Best Documentary Audience Award, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 2018
  • 3rd Short Film Festival, Istanbul Short Film Collective, Special Screening, March 2018
  • 12th Boston Turkish Film Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition, The Best Documentary Audience Award, November 2017
  • European Days of Jewish Culture, Istanbul The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews Special Screening, November 2017
  • Documentarist, 10th Istanbul Documentary Days, Final Selection, June 2017
  • SALT Galata Istanbul, Special Screening, May 2017
  • Ankara International Film Festival, Final Selection of Documentary Category, April 2017