Cabal in Kabul

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U.S. PREMIERE
Director: DAN ALEXE

There are only two Jews left in Afghanistan, and they live in the same place: a former synagogue in Kabul. But rather than bonding together, they can’t stand each other.

The elderly Isaac lives on the ground floor and makes a living by selling amulets to his Muslim neighbors. Middle-aged Zebulon lives on the top floor and haggles with the same Afghans over his illegally produced wine. Each fight over their Jewish legitimacy and gleefully tells tales of the other’s deceit and treachery to bemused director Alexe, a Romanian journalist, who acts as double agent, bouncing between the two rivals, collaborating, refusing to judge, and exposing the sadomasochistic relationship that dominates the smallest Jewish community on earth. “A painful and hilarious lesson in cinema about the absurd existence of Jews and Muslims alike.” — Jerusalem Film Festival Catalog

AFGHANISTAN/FRANCE • 2007 • 87 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: DAN ALEXE

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