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North American Premiere

Raymonde El Bidaouia

Directed by Yaël Abecassis

Israel | 77 minutes | 2020

Hebrew, French, Arabic with English subtitles

Raymonde – diva, queen, enigma, inspiration, survivor, widow, woman, and mother. Armed with a camera, internationally acclaimed Israeli actress Yaël Abecassis followed her mother and stepped into a world where she had always been a stranger. For the first time, they embark on a journey together: from a childhood in the mellah of Casablanca to the dunes of Ashdod and back to Morocco, where her mother became the legendary Raymonde El Bidaouia – a world-famous Moroccan singer. As they journey, Yaël discovers a woman who articulates her weaknesses and the complexities of her choices with keen self-awareness, even when mother and daughter are transposed, twined together by guilt, admiration, pain, and above all else, limitless love and music.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Yaël Abecassis. To view the conversation please click here.

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Yaël Abecassis is an acclaimed Israeli actress and producer, who has starred in numerous acclaimed Israeli films, including Amos Gitai's Kadosh and Alila, Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz's The Seven Days, and the TV series Prisoners of War. Raymonde El Bidaouia is Yael's documentary feature film debut.
Director Yaël Abecassis
Countries of Production Israel
Year of Presentation 2020
Language(s) Hebrew, French, Arabic with English subtitles
Premiere Status North American Premiere
Runtime 77 minutes
Principal Cast Raymonde Abecassis
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