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Dan Alexe

was born in 1961. Working as an independent radio and TV journalist (1989-1990: BBC World Service, radio; 1990-2006: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), he traveled extensively throughout the Near East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Balkans. He is currently completing a Ph. D. at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) on the subject of contemporary Islamic mysticism. He has a Master's degree (post-graduate diploma from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes) in History and Civilizations. Bachelor of Arts of the University of Iasi (Romania).

FILMOGRAPHY

«Ghazavat - L’Islam tchétchène», 1992; «Ik ben een soefi», 1993; Howling for God» 1997, «Cabal in Kabul», 2007.
Grand Prix “Big Golden Nanook” for the best film of the festival

Cabal in Cabul (0+)

Belgium, France, 2007, colour, 86 min.
Director: Dan Alexe
This is the story of the last two Jews in Afghanistan, Isaac Levy and Zabulon Simantov. The older of the two, the ruddy-faced Isaac, is Kabul’s sorcerer-healer. He makes cabalistic amulets, which he sells to Moslems to drive out demons. The other Jew, Zabulon, has the same Afghan customers... except that he sells them the alcohol, which he secretly makes, and which is his daily bread-and-butter. To crown it all, these two last Jews in Afghanistan hate each other – violently sometimes. They live alone in the abandoned synagogue.

AWARDS

PRIX NANOOK- JEAN ROUCH 26ème bilan/Paris; Prix du Jeune Public Nyon.

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