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Taqasim, shot in the streets of Cairo, is a voyage to the hidden treasures of Arabic music and to the participation of Jewish musicians. With stylishly shot music and unforgettable back-alley jams played by Felix Mizrachi, Zehava Ben, Abraham Salman and others, this film brings classical Arabic music raw and captivating.

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

43 min

Hebrew, Arabic   

Subtitles:  English

Director: Duki Dror   

Script: Duki Dror