The Dove Flyer

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Join us for a screening of The Dove Flyer: Farewell Baghdad, based on the critically acclaimed autobiographical blockbuster novel by Eli Amir. The film recalls a lost time when over 130,000 Jews lived and prospered in Iraq. We follow the teenage Kabi as he navigates the final years of the community’s existence in Iraq, before its final expulsion and resettlement to 1950s Israel. When his uncle Hizkel is imprisoned, Kabi sets off to find him, joining the Zionist underground movement. Each member of Kabi’s circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Muslim quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to Israel; Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews to be equal, and Abu just wants to care for his adored doves. The film beautifully illustrates the complex existence of the Jewish community in Iraq, which had strong ties to the surrounding Muslim world and Arabic culture, yet simultaneously feared for its safety. Iraqi Jews were forced to revoke their citizenship and leave all their possessions behind in a country they considered home.

This event, which is in conjunction with Israel's annual day of commemoration of Jewish refugees from Arab countries, will include testimony from an Iraqi Jew who will share his story.

This screening is co-hosted by Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA) and the Consulate General of Israel. 

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