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Folklore of the Tribes of Israel - First Series: Dance

27 Minutes, 1968
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Directed by: Unknown
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Yitzhak Herbst
Language: Hebrew
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The film Folklore of the Tribes of Israel First Series Dance, was produced by the Israel Film Service in collaboration with the Prime Ministers Office in order to present traditional folk dances of the Jewish community of Tunisia, the Caucasus, and KurdistanThe film opens with documentation of a traditional wedding ceremony of Tunisian Jews from the village of Djerba, which took place in Ashkelon in 1965 The celebrations lasted a week, accompanied by dancing, musical instruments, and traditional costumes The film continues by documenting two traditional dances of Caucasian Jewry performed by a dance troupe in Tel Aviv in 1965, the Shalakho dance Courting Dance, and the Shamila dance Dance with Knives The dances were accompanied by musical instruments and costumes typical of the communityThe film ends with the presentation of Kurdish dance styles of Kurdistan Jewry which were filmed at Menuha Mosav in northern Lakish in 1965 Among the dance styles are Weishoka, Shekhani, Pradebassa, Rakas, and Suaka The dances are accompanied by the darbuka and zorana musical instruments and the dance troupe dressed in the traditional costumes of the community

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