The Dove Flyer (Mafriach Hayonim)

, 2013

Three-time Ophir-Award (Israel’s Oscars) nominee, 2013

“Between the years 1950–51 close to 130,000 Jews left Iraq. The most ancient community in the world ceased to exist."

A box-office smash hit in Israel based on the best-selling book of the same name this is a fascinating insight into a seldom-covered part of history.

Sixteen-year-old Kabi is from a Jewish family in Iraq. When his uncle, Hazkael, is arrested, Kabi joins the Zionist underground. This feature film, based on a book of the same name, covers the final years of the Jewish community in Baghdad in the 1950s before its expulsion to Israel. The film portrays a family living in a world of contradictions and ambivalent relationships; the complex existence of the Jewish community in Iraq, which had strong ties to the surrounding Muslim world and Arabic culture, yet at the same time feared for its safety.

108 mins/ Arabic, Hebrew (English subtitles)

Director — Nissim Dayan

category — ingathering (Kibbutz Galuyot)