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Read StorylineThe three Darwish brothers, who immigrated from Iraq to Israel in the 50’s, established the family factory “Fantasia” - a menorah factory. For a time period of 50 years they designed, manufactured and shipped Chanukah menorahs for the entire world and now…the family factory is about to close down. From this point in time, the director, who is the son of the youngest brother, is starting to embark on a journey that unravels the history of his family, going back 100 years. The story weaves memories from Iraq and Israel - two homelands, two languages, two identities, two enemies. The director is trying to reconstruct the narrative of his family, a narrative that has disappeared in the silence and shame that followed the family move to Israel. The father’s silence is finally broken by the director’s relentless inquiries, which reveal a story about 5 lost years of his father in the Iraqi prison. It is a diary film shot over a period of 10 years.
The author and historian Barbara Tuchman, in her groundbreaking text “The March of Folly,” reviews a series of historical occurrences she sees as clearly leading to disastrous consequences. It is apparent that what led to the tragedy of Lebanon was created by a March of Follies of the Israelis, the Palestinians, the Americans, and of course, the Lebanese. This series deals not only with documentation of events in the decades-long conflict, but also with the system of considerations and the relations between the political and military echelons, between the various intelligence systems and the political machine, as well as international interests influencing operational decisions and the ultimate cost paid by the soldiers and civilians in blood. Will the leaders in 2020’s learn the lessons of the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s?
Documentary series 5 x 50 minutes /
90 minutes single doc
Germany, Israel | 2020
English, Arabic, Hebrew, French
Subtitles: Arabic, Hebrew, English
Director: Duki Dror
Senior Editor: Itay Landsberg-Nevo
Editorial Producer: Dana Wolfe
Producer: Liat Kamai Eshed
Editor: Gal Goffer
Executive Producers: Duki Dror, Reinhardt Beetz
Original Score: Frank Ilfman