Sea of Tears

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Sea of Tears

This is the story of oriental music in Israel, from its humble beginnings in Tel Aviv’s Kerem HaTeimanim neighborhood in the 1960s, through its breakthrough and popular appeal in poorer neighborhoods and the periphery in the 1970s, to the eager reception it received from the musical establishment over the last few years, a reception that may have caused its death. The film encompasses the widest range of people representing the genre: singers, musicians, lyricists and managers, all trying to understand and reconstruct the long years in which the musical establishment ignored them, their struggle for acceptance, and their supposed reconciliation. Questions of identity and cultural imagery run throughout this series – what is oriental music? What is Israeli music? Who is a Mediterranean singer? And who is an Israeli singer?

Director: Ron Chachlili

Producer: Ophira Dagan

Production Company: United Studios of Herzliya

Cinematographer: Ofer Frant

Editor: Ron Chachlili, Yuval Sher

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Reshet TV

Script: Shosh Gabay

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: ים של דמעות

This is the story of oriental music in Israel, from its humble beginnings in Tel Aviv’s Kerem HaTeimanim neighborhood in the 1960s, through its breakthrough and popular appeal in poorer neighborhoods and the periphery in the 1970s, to the eager reception it received from the musical establishment over the last few years, a reception that may have caused its death. The film encompasses the widest range of people representing the genre: singers, musicians, lyricists and managers, all trying to understand and reconstruct the long years in which the musical establishment ignored them, their struggle for acceptance, and their supposed reconciliation. Questions of identity and cultural imagery run throughout this series – what is oriental music? What is Israeli music? Who is a Mediterranean singer? And who is an Israeli singer?

 

Director: Ron Chachlili

Producer: Ophira Dagan

Production Company: United Studios of Herzliya

Cinematographer: Ofer Frant

Editor: Ron Chachlili, Yuval Sher

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Reshet TV

Script: Shosh Gabay

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: ים של דמעות

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