Rabbi David Bouzaglo’s literary output, much of it transmitted orally, had a major impact on a community of the Jews of North Africa (Maghreb). From his prolific period in the Diaspora to the years he spent in a Israel, Bouzaglo’s poetry initiated an abrupt shift in Sephardic liturgical writing, introducing modern elements new to the genre. But Bouzaglo was more than a poet. The actions he took had a critical impact in shaping the identity of Maghreb Jews. The film is an intimate look at Bouzaglo’s life and career, from its roots in the rich tradition of Hebrew poetry in Morocco through the liturgical revolution in Israel.
Director: Rafael Balulu. Producer: Yair Qedar. Cinematographer: Avigail Sperber. Additional Cinematography: Idan Glikzelig, Vladimir Belinski. Editor: Yael Bedarshi. Design & Animation: Jewboy. Soundtrack Editor: Aviv Aldema. Original Soundtrack: Rabbi Haim Louk, Rabbi David Bouzaglo. Supporters: The New Fund for Cinema and Television, IBA – Channel 1, Pais Council for Arts and Culture, Avi Chai Foundation. Official selection Docaviv festival 2015, South Film Festival 2015. ISRAEL 62minutes. 2015 Hebrew. Subtitles: Hebrew, English.
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I just stood in you, my homeland…/ And my soul lived, thanks to you/ From the house/ of constraint and infirmity/ I was called free in your port/ A place to dwell/ As I wish/ Is given / me in the shade/ of Your shadow/ An inhabitant in my resting-place./ This is my land/ Despite my oppressors/ The yoke of my attackers/ And my tormentor/ will throw my shoe/ at the sons of Hagar/ Foreigners will not taint your borders/ They will leave as they came/ For the Ruler of all is your Redeemer/ From the hands of thieves / He will save you/ And bequeath you / the Throne of Glory