Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Israeli filmmaker David Benchetrit directs the epic documentary Kaddim Wind: Moroccan Chronicle. With a running time of more than four hours, the film attempts to tell the story of the Arab Jewish population known as the Mizrahim. Interviews, archival footage, and a vast amount of research explore the history and extreme racism endured by these Arab Jews over the last 50 years. Many Jews from Morocco were relocated to Israel in the 1950s only to encounter severe discrimination. After years of poverty and lack of opportunities, the Israeli Black Panthers movement started in the '70s. Benchetrit talks with several members of the activist group, as well as one of the founding members. Kaddim Wind: Moroccan Chronicle was shown at the 2003 Human Rights Watch Film Festival.