An autobiographical film, My Fantasia tells of director Duki Dror's journey to his home, to his childhood and to his family. Spurred into motion by the First Gulf War, which forces him to return home from America, Dror comes home to find his Iraqi Jewish father in preparation to close the doors of the Fantasia menorah factory he has run with brothers for five decades. As Iraqi scuds fall on Tel Aviv, Dror attempts to reconstruct his family's narrative, one which disappeared in the silence and shame that surrounded the family's move to Israel. His relentless inquires eventually bring to light the story of his father's lost years in an Iraqi prison and the loss of the cultural world, language and ethnic traditions that the Darwish family left behind in Iraq.
Director // Duki Dror
Producer // Duki Dror
Cinematography // Philippe Bellaiche and Duki Dror
Editor // Sara Salomon
Encounters International Documentary Film Festival, South Africa
Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, Germany
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, US
Montreal Jewish Film Festival, Canada
Sephardic Film Festival, New York and Los Angeles, US
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland
A moving and sharp video diary that moves in several layers and comes to an end in a climactic duel between the director, armed with his microphone, and the father, armed with his silence.
Dror uses his highly original documentary style to reveal the painful story of his family's immigration to Israel and the racism of the Ashkenazi society they found there.