Somewhere in the old Jewish cemetery of Basatin in Cairo, a violin is etched upon a gravestone. Felix Mizrachi was only 9 years-old when he stood alongside Egypt's most celebrated musicians as they lined up beside the burial mound of his brother Farag – the most sought after violinist in Cairo at the time. Today, Felix, himself an accomplished violinist now residing in Israel, is on the hunt for his brother's recordings as he seeks to learn the style and character of his brother's violin solos, or taqasim.
Shot in the streets of Cairo, Taqasim is a voyage to uncover the hidden treasures of classical Arabic music and the contribution that Jewish musicians made to this rich cultural heritage. The film draws a unique portrait of the Middle East in the 1930s at a time when borders and boundaries were easily traversed through a shared language and culture. With stylishly shot music segments featuring unforgettable back-alley jams played by Felix Mizrachi, Zehava Ben, Abraham Salman and others, Taqasim brings classical Arabic music, raw and captivating, to life.
Director // Duki Dror
Producers // Yaron Gurevich and Duki Dror
Cinematography // Philippe Bellaiche
Editor // Zivit Kargman
Original Score // Felix Mizrachi, Zehava Ben and Abraham Salman