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The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

A Feature film by Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas

Produced by Alegria Productions

Production year : 2016


    It starts like a fairy tale: mega-talented Tajik boy becomes a musical hero and leader of his own family band. In Israel, the country the family (grandfather Alajev, his wife and grandchildren) moved to after the Soviet Union’s collapse, they live, rehearse and make music together under one roof. 
    The filmmakers follow the group at home and on tour, revealing the spectacular performances and fun family dinners, as well as the darker sides to this success story. Patriarch Alajev is a despot who interferes with everyone and everything, demanding unconditional loyalty. The women need to know their place: at home with the kids. But not everyone complies with Alajev’s laws and vagaries without putting up a fight and some – in spite of his wrath – go their own way. A path that is always accompanied by the rousing music that is the family’s heritage.

    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Alegria Productions

    Full credits (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Christine Camdessus

    Editor :

    Yaël Bitton

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Israel

    Original French-language productions :


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    French release :

    Runtime :

    1 h 14 min

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    Approval :

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