2022 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Queen Shoshana

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Music-, fashion- and history lovers are in for a treat with the behind-the-scenes documentary Queen Shoshana, about the first Israeli diva, icon and national treasure Shoshana Damari. Born in Yemen, she moved to Palestine with her family as a toddler in the 1920s, never hiding her origins. She played up her dark beauty (which many found exotic), the songs and dance traditions with which she grew up, her accent and the Yemenite costumes and jewelry that she often wore, while she built a career as an international singing superstar. She became known as the Queen of Hebrew Music, much as Aretha Franklin was known as the Queen of Soul in the US. Through rarely seen clips, the film showcases her singing and, in parallel, also traces the development of the Israeli music industry. During the War of Independence, she performed for the troops, and later went to Cyprus, singing in Hebrew and Yiddish at a displaced persons camp.


With English Subtitles

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    110 minutes
  • Language
    Hebrew
  • Country
    Israel
  • Director
    Morris Ben-Mayor and Kobi Farag