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The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas
Screening time  
03.03. / Friday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 1  
Meet Tajikistan's answer to the Jackson family.

Nearly 80, Allo Papa Alaev rules his celebrated folk music clan with an iron tambourine. Beginning with his unilateral decision to emigrate to Israel, the gifted musician micro-manages nearly every aspect of their lives, both on stage and off. From every meal made in his kitchen to what instrument each member will play, the patriarch accepts nothing less than total commitment and obedience. Every child and grandchild lives in their single-family house in Tel Aviv. All but one, that is. His only daughter, Ada, chose her own way in life, a sin her father will not forgive. As generations clash over new musical directions, competing personal interests and Papa's advancing age, the family show must go on – but who will lead the band? Set to a blazing tribal soundtrack, drama and drumbeats sing out from every entertaining exchange in this grand family affair.


Tal Barda

Tal Barda got her graduate degree in Cinema from Tel-Aviv University (2008) and has been working in the documentary film industry ever since. She is fascinated by unique characters and believes documentaries have the ability to inspire and change.


Noam Pinchas

Noam Pinchas has been making documentaries for the last six years; this is his fifth film. Noam is always looking for his next documentary, focusing on charismatic, interesting and funny characters.

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Hamamlacha Aamuflaa Shel papa Alaev

Israel, France
2016, 74'

Directed by:
Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas

Screenplay by:
Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas

Uri Ackerman

Edited by:
Nohar Hassin, Yael Bitton

Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Noam Pinchas, Tal Barda

Produced by:
Alegria Productions

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2016; Hot Docs 2016; Australia Jewish Film Festival 2016; Kassel Doc International Film Festival 2016; LA Israeli Film Festival 2016; Gold Coast International Film Festival 2016; DOC NYC 2016; Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema 2016; Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2016; WOMEX 2016; Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival 2016; Docaviv International Film Festival 2016