Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sallah Shabati

Sallah Shabati is a 1964 Israeli comedy film about the chaos of Israeli immigration and resettlement. 
This social satire placed the director Ephraim Kishon and producer Menahem Golan among the first Israeli filmmakers to achieve international success. It also introduced actor Chaim Topol (Fiddler on the Roof) to audiences worldwide.
The film begins with Sallah Shabati, a Mizrahi Jewish immigrant, arriving in Israel with his family. Upon arrival he is brought to live in a ma'abara, or transit camp. He is given a broken-down, one-room shack in which to live with his family and spends the rest of the movie attempting to make enough money to purchase adequate housing. 
His money-making schemes are often comical and frequently satirize the political and social stereotypes in Israel of the time.

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