The Lost Crown
Documentary | 63 min. | Directed by Avi Dabach | Produced by Judith Manassen-Ramon | 2019
An Israeli filmmaker embarks on a perilous quest to reveal the fate of The Aleppo Codex, A.K.A The Crown, which is considered the most accurate and valuable manuscript of the Hebrew Bible. After being safeguarded for seven centuries by the Jewish community of Aleppo, more than a third of its pages disappeared while smuggled to Israel in 1957. As the filmmaker, a great grandson of the Crown keeper, navigates the dark corridors of hidden history, archival documents and rare testimonies reveal an astonishing story involving an Israeli president, Mossad agents, passionate rabbis, and antique dealers.
The Last Zionist
Documentary | 50 min. | Directed and Produced by Avi Dabach | 2011
The story of a ninety years old youngster. A restless Zionist, and charming prophet of wrath. Dov Yirmia, born in 1914, has participated in WW2, as well as in the first Lebanon war in 1982. In between, he married three times, wounded severely in a battle ,and composed a few songs. He’s as vital as a teenager, but he thinks the state of Israel hasn't got much time left. A cinematic biography of the stormy life of a man, with a unique and critical point of view on the Israeli society, and an exceptional strong memory of the events he witnessed. Premiered at the Jewish Film Festival, Jerusalem 2011.
Edited by Miki Cohen Bar-lev | Photographed by Amnon Schwartz