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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Queen Shoshana


Screening Information

Toronto Premiere
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Israel
Year 2021
Running Time 110 MIN
Language Hebrew
Subtitles English
Directors Morris Ben-Mayor,Kobi Farag

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Celebrated as the first Israeli diva, Shoshana Damari graced international venues, including Carnegie Hall, where her beguiling voice and captivating stage presence mesmerized audiences and evoked the vibrant culture of her homeland. Behind the façade, little was known about the woman who affected the likes of Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone. Directors Morris Ben-Mayor and Kobi Farag lift the veil behind “Israel’s first lady of song,” delivering a sensitive portrait of Damari and the sacrifices she endured on the road to fame. From her humble beginnings as the child of a Yemenite immigrant family, this is a story of fame and loneliness, acclaim and loss, daring and compromise.

Opening Film, DocAviv Film Festival 2021

“Damari was much more than just another singer, and the documentary is very entertaining even if you do not know much about her.” - The Jerusalem Post

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