This Israeli West Side Story unfolds when Kazablan, a dark Sephardic Jew, takes time out from hassling the poverty-stricken tenants of the Jaffa ghetto to court the fair-skinned Rachel, an Ashkenazic Jew.
As their cultures clash, Kazablan’s passion gives way to pride when Rachel’s father reveals his prejudice against the Sephardim. Enhanced by enthusiastic dancing and singing, this colorful, exuberant 1970's Romeo and Juliet remains Israel’s best and most beloved musical.
Israel, 1973, 95 minutes, color
Directed by Menahem Golan
Public Exhibition 16mm Rental Only