The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

  • 74'
  • Israel
  • 2016

It starts like a fairy tale: mega-talented Tajik boy becomes a musical hero and leader of his own family band. In Israel, the country the family (grandfather Alajev, his wife and grandchildren) moved to after the Soviet Union’s collapse, they live, rehearse and make music together under one roof. 
The filmmakers follow the group at home and on tour, revealing the spectacular performances and fun family dinners, as well as the darker sides to this success story. Patriarch Alajev is a despot who interferes with everyone and everything, demanding unconditional loyalty. The women need to know their place: at home with the kids. But not everyone complies with Alajev’s laws and vagaries without putting up a fight and some – in spite of his wrath – go their own way. A path that is always accompanied by the rousing music that is the family’s heritage.

Free admission.

Directors
Noam Pinchas, Tal Barda
Countries of production
Israel, France
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
74'
Medium
File
Original title
Hamamlacha aamuflaa shel papa Alaev
Languages
Hebrew, Tajik, Russian
Producers
Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Noam Pinchas, Tal Barda, Bruni Burres
Production Company
Alegria Productions
Sales
Go2Films
Cinematography
Uri Ackerman
Editor
Yael Bitton
Sound Design
Gil Toren
Music
The Alaev Family