|Director: Nissim Dayan
Genre: Narrative Feature
Running Time: 105 min
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
|Date: Monday, November 10, 7 pm
Location: International House
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festival & Awards: Israeli Box Office Hit 2014;
Best Costume Design, Israel Film Academy
Based on the novel by Eli Amir, The Dove Flyer depicts the final years of the Jewish community in Baghdad before its expulsion and resettlement in Israel in the early 1950s. Having lived on Iraqi soil for thousands of years, Jews had formed strong ties to the surrounding Muslim world and to Arabic culture. It is against this backdrop, that the coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Kabi is told.
When Kabi’s uncle Hizkel is arrested and imprisoned, Kabi sets off to find him, joining the Zionist underground. But as attitudes among family and friends split and sever, Kabi is forced to make difficult decisions that will change his family’s destiny. Paying tribute to the nearly 130,000 Jews who fled Iraq never to return, The Dove Flyer
is a must-see for history buffs and Middle East enthusiasts.
Special Guests: Menashe Noy, writer and actor; Lital Levy, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University; Clémence Boulouque, visiting fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, writer, and literary critic; Elliot Ratzman, Assistant Professor Religion/Jewish Studies, Temple University
Community Partner: Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies