I was very much inspired by the Wim Wenders' Buena Vista Club - on Cuban musicians in Havana. In Israel there were a bunch of phenomenal old musicians, who immigrated from Iraq and Egypt. They were masters of classical Arabic music. But at the age of 13, at my bar mitzvah, when my parents had hired them to play Arab music, I was terribly embarrassed. Years later, the same music sounded and meant something totally different for me. After Cafe Noah I made Takasim, which follows one of the musicians of Cafe Noah, searching for his violinist brother in Cairo.
Documentary | Israel | 1997
Subtitles: English, French