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.
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, Egypt | 1999
Director: Duki Dror
Script: Duki Dror