// Café Noah

CAFÉ NOAH (1996)

Saturday September 1, 8:30pm, Studio Theatre, FREE

Directed by Duki Dror, 26 minutes

English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

In 1948, a number of Jewish-Arab musicians from Baghdad and Cairo joined the streams of Jewish immigrants from all over the world coming to the new state of Israel. They were masters of Arabic music – but found that their music was not valued in their new homeland, and the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict left no room for their identity as Arab Jews. Cafe Noah in Tel Aviv became the one place where their music and culture could survive. Featuring incredible archival performance footage and contemporary interviews, acclaimed Israeli director Duki Dror tells the compelling story of these cultural exiles.

Co-presented with the Toronto Jewish Film Festival