Black Over White

Synopsis

The concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is not just another performance by the Idan Raichel Project, but a journey back to the homeland of two of the Project's lead singers, Cabra Casay and Avi Vograss Vesa.

 

Idan Raichel appeared on the music scene in 2002 and altered the face of Israeli music by conveying new messages and bringing forth a new taste in music. In June 2007, the New York Times heralded the ‘Project's international album as one of the finest and most outstanding world music albums to come out that year.

 

BLACK OVER WHITE skillfully explores the protagonists' cultural ambivalence and the manner in which they experience racism in their new home - Israel. In Addis Ababa, one of the musicians is reunited with his grandmother, music is made in rural villages and urban clubs, and in one poignant sequence where future immigrants to Israel meet the musicians. The final concert - a fusion of Middle Eastern multi-ethnic grooves - is a success and emotional high point, but for the band members, the meaning of home remains elusive. The film raises questions about identity, reawakens the year long pains related to immigration, and rekindles the authenticity and bond to a land that will forever exist in their minds and hearts.

Written and Directed by: Tomer Heymann 

Producers: Zafrir Kochanovsky, Miri Ezra

Cinematography by: Itay Raziel 

Edited by: Lavi Ben-Gal 

Research by: Tali Shamir Werzberger

Soundtrack Design by: Aviv Aldema

Original score: Idan Raichel

Production company: TTV Productions Ltd

Partners:

Keshet, Channel 2, Israel

The AVI CHAI Foundation, Israel

Distributors:

Ruth Films

Technical info:

49' | Digbeta 

Language - Hebrew, Amharic, English | Country - Israel | 2007

Festivals:

  • Barcelona Jewish Film Festival, Spain, 2010

  • Roselyn Heights Synagogue, USA, 2010

  • Palo Alto JCC, USA, 2010

  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009

  • Jewish Music & Art Film Festival, Denver, USA, 2009

  • Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009

  • Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - USA, 2009

  • Denver Jewish Film Festival - USA, 2009

  • Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival - USA, 2009

  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - USA, 2009

  • Israfest Film Festival NY - USA, 2008 

  • NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - USA, 2008

  • Haifa Film Festival - Israel, 2008

Reviews:​

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