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Cabal in Kabul

Directed by Dan Alexe

Belgium | 87 minutes | 2006

Dari with English subtitles

For the past ten years, Zabulon and Isaac, the two remaining Jews in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, have been living in the courtyard of Kabul’s old synagogue. 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. There is no love lost between them; the two Jews systematically abuse and insult each other at every turn. Isaac is happy to divulge the fact that Zebulon collaborated with the Taliban and bribed them with financial and oenological favors. Zebulon, for his part, claims that Isaac converted to Islam; why else would he be called “Mollah Isaac?”
Foreign Title Cabale à Kaboul
Director Dan Alexe
Countries of Production Belgium
Year of Presentation 2006
Language(s) Dari with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 87 minutes
Principal Cast Isaac Lévy, Zabulon Simantov
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