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In 1948, a number of Jewish-Arab musicians from Baghdad and Cairo joined the streams of Jewish immigrants from all over the world coming to the new state of Israel. They were masters of Arabic music  - but found that their music was not valued in their new homeland, and the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict left no room for their identity as Arab Jews. Café Noah in Tel Aviv became the one place where their music and culture could survive. Featuring incredible archival performance footage and contemporary interviews, acclaimed Israeli director Duki Dror tells the compelling story of these cultural exiles.

Directed by Duki Dror, 26 mins.
English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.


Café Noah


A compelling documentary about Jewish-Arabic musicians who emigrated to Israel in 1948 to find that their music was not valued in their new homeland.

Co-presented with the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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