How do you preserve a culture and yet move forward in a changing world? That dilemma is at the heart of the Jewish experience, so it comes as no great shock that almost all the films in this year’s New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival center on that theme. The documentaries in this year’s event are particularly sensitive to the nuances of evolving cultures and the results are frequently as dramatic and poignant as you will find in any fiction feature this year.
When you think of hip-hop and chasid, you probably think of Matisyahu, the bearded, Biblical spitting pop star. But it’s time to meet Y-Love, the black rapper from Brooklyn who converted to Judaism in 2001.