Only four biographical details are known about Rabbi Shalom Shabazy and there are no drawings or descriptions of his physical features. Yet, over 400 years after his birth, Shabazy is still an extremely popular poet who keeps “living” in an entire community’s collective soul – the Jews of Yemen. Who was Shabazy? A poet who committed filicide? A wedding singer looking for handouts? Perhaps a fundamentalist Kabbalah scholar?
Director: Israela Sha’ar Me’oded. Producer: Yair Qedar. Script: Israela Sha’ar Me’oded. Cinematography: Daniel Kedem. Editor: Oron Adar. Supporters: KAN, New Fund for Film and TV, Israel Film Service, the Avi Chai and Gesher Foundations. Special mention, Haifa Film Festival 2018. Israel | 2018 | 55 minutes. Hebrew and Arabic. Subtitles: Hebrew, English.
A concentrated Yemeni cultural experience that has not been seen on the Israeli screen, David Gadge, Haaretz / A delicate and beautiful film. . . that slightly illuminates the mythical and multifaceted character of the poet who is still excluded from the Jewish canon, Ines Elias, Haaretz / A beautiful film that penetrates the soul about Shalom Shabazy. . . an ingenious combination of texts, archival photography, poetry and history, Prof. Smadar Lavie / Mesmerizing photography, Guy Sherman, Ynet
The face of my companion shines, /My heart by [her] secret was enlivened, on [this sullen] day of wandering.// Uzal is a delightful city!/ A tent of sound-wisdom./ ‘Twas chosen for my beloved!// But I am in the midst of captivity./ My desire is to see the gazelle,/ [Nay], I shall ever covet her!