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The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

  • Israel, France
  • Documentary
  • 2016
  • 74 / 52 min.
  • Director(s): Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas
  • Producer(s): Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Bruni Burres, Noam Pinchas, Tal Barda


A modern-day Shakespearean tale about a legendary Tajik-Israeli musical family controlled by the charismatic patriarch Papa Alaev. Only his equally strong-willed daughter, Ada, dares to resist his will. As Papa nears 80 and generations clash over new musical directions, the family show must go on. But who will lead the band?

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Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas


Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Bruni Burres, Noam Pinchas, Tal Barda


Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas


Uri Ackerman


Yael Bitton


Allo Alaev, Adina Alaev, Ada Alaev, Ariel Alaev, Malka Alaev, Amin Alaev, Alan Alaev, Zvika Alaev, Amir Alaev, Aviva Alaev, Amanda Alaev, Avraham Alaev

Original Language

Hebrew, Russian, Tajiki


Hebrew, Greek


Channel 8 Israel, ARTE France, IKON Netherlands, CBC Documentary Channel


Asher Dahan

Sound designer:

Gil Toren, Yossi Apelbaum

Graphic design and Animation:

Uri Ashkenazi


Tomer Bahat

Festival Highlights

Sziget Music Festival, Hungary, 2018

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Krakow International Film Festival, Poland, 2017

Rotterdam International Film Festival, Holland, 2017

Vermont International Film Festival, USA, 2017

Beldocs IDFF, Serbia, 2017

TRT Documentary Days, Turkey, 2017

DOC NYC, USA, 2016

Hot Docs Film Festival, Canada, 2016

LA Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2016

DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2016

Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival, Russia, 2016

Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2016

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, USA, 2016

Gold Coast International Film Festival, USA, 2016

Kassel Doc International Film Festival, Germany, 2016

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