IRAQ ní ROLL
Writer/Director: Gili Gaon, Israel 2011, 52 mins. Hebrew & Arabic w/English subtitles
Israeli rock musician, Dudu Tassa, calls forth the voices of his family heritage when he takes on the original music of his grandfather, one of the leading musicians in early 20th century Iraq, creating a musical dialogue between the generations. Salah and Daud Al-kweiti (Duduís uncle and grandfather) were musicians in 1930s Iraq and were considered to be the creators of modern Iraqi music. After immigrating to Israel in 1951, they remained on the margins of Israeli culture, performing at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, and operating a small kitchen utensils store to make a living. Crushed by circumstances, they forbade their children to become musicians or even learn to play an instrument. This is a story of the power of music and its ability to heal.
Performance with Yair Dalal and a reception follows. Ticket includes film, concert and reception.
Theater: Center for Jewish History
Address: 15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
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