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Golden Bough Playhouse
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The Dove Flyer
Carmel Jewish Film Festival
Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Dove Flyer (2014)

Dessert Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Film: 7:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: "Personal Stories of Escape from Baghdad" with local survivors David Sabih and Sadok Masliyah, and UC Berkley Professor Jaleh Pirnazar.  Moderated by Sam Ezekiel.

Venue:  Golden Bough Playhouse, Carmel, CA
Genre: Documentary PG-13
Run Time: 108 minutes
Director: Nissim Dayan
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Israel

Award Nominations:
Israel Film Academy, Best Supporting Actress, Ahuva Keren
Israel Film Academy, Best Art Direction, Miguel Markin
Israel Film Academy, Best Costume Design

This film, set in Baghdad at the end of the 1940s and early 1950s, depicts the volatile political atmosphere in Iraq on the eve of the establishment of the State of Israel. It portrays a Jewish community that was affected by the Arab society around it, while at the same time bound by ties of friendship.

The community was badly affected by the Farhud pogrom of June 1941, when scores of Iraqi Jews were killed, a thousand injured, and hundreds of Jewish homes destroyed and looted. It was split into two groups: one pro-communist and the other Zionist. This rift is reflected in the family of the 16 year old hero  of the movie.

Despite the conflicts portrayed in the film, it also reflects the hope that bonds of friendship, based on a shared cultural heritage, will ultimately prevail. The
film is a tribute to the rich culture of the Jews of Iraq: their food, language, customs, and traditions. It is based largely on the novel by Israeli author Eli Amir, who was born and raised in Iraq.

A dessert and wine reception will precede the film.

A Panel Discussion "Personal Stories of Escape from Baghdad" with two local survivors, and a professor of Persian studies will follow the film.

David Sabih and Sadok Masliyah were in Iraq during the late 40's and early 50's, and will tell the stories of their harrowing escape, leaving behind family and the only life they knew.

David Sabih was born in Iraq to a family of Sephardic Jews who had lived in Baghdad since the days of Babylon. He escaped during the Pogroms with the help of the United Jewish Appeal, spending months in a refugee camp in Teheran before ultimately arriving in Israel in 1950. He studied as an engineer at the Technion in Haifa, and then in New York at City College of NY. Later he received his Masters in Engineering at UCLA, and then a Law degree at UCLA. He practiced law for many years as the partner of Melvin Belli. He is a passionate supporter of the United Jewish Community who he credits with saving his life.

Sadok Masliyah was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1934, one of eight children to a traditional, middle class Jewish family. His father was an agent of a British company that sold chemical dyes for fabrics. Sadok completed lower school in Baghdad, and high school and university in Israel. He graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and served as Senior Interpreter, Arabic-Hebrew,  and vice versa in the Israeli Parliament, for the Arab members in the Knesset from 1960 to 1964. He earned his Masters degree in Hebrew Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his PhD in Arabic Language and Literature from UCLA.

He was on the faculty of UCLA, Oberlin College, U. of Utah and Defense Language Institute. He has published many articles on Arabic Language and Literature as well as studies on Muslim and Iraqi Jewish folklore, including Baghdadi Jews in India and Iranian Jews.  He translated a novel by Iraqi Jew, Samir Naqqash, about Jews and Muslims living side by side in Baghdad in the 1940's.

Sadok left Baghdad in 1951 alone, in the mass immigration, using his older brother's identity because he was a minor and could not leave without his family. His family stayed in Baghdad until 1971.

Jaleh Pirnazar is a professor of Persian studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Her research interests include Iranian history, literature, ethnic and religious minorities in Iran. She has taught in the department of Near East studies at UC Berkeley since 1980. She teaches Modern Persian Language and Literature as well as Iranian Cinema. Her publications include "A Voice of Exile" in The Literary Review: Iranian Diaspora Literature Since 1980 (1996); "Iranian Jews, National Identity and Journalism 1915-1979" in The History of Contemporary  Iranian Jews (2000), "The Image of the Iranian Jew in the Writings of Three Modern Iranian Writers", Iran Nameh (1995).

Come join us, March 5-20, 2016, and experience the magic of truly great cinema. The festival includes films, receptions, discussions, a deli meal, and a concert.

For more details about the films, speakers and activities, and Sponsorship benefits, go to www.carmeljff.org.

You can also search with keyword CarmelJFF on the Brown Paper Tickets site.

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All receptions include food and wine.

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Golden Bough Playhouse (View)
Monte Verde St between 8th. & 9th. Ave.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

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