The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

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The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

Q&A filmmaker Joe's Violin, Kahane Cooperman and producer Raphaela Neihausen

The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev is a modern-day Shakespearean tale about a famous Tajik musical family: seven grandchildren, two sons, a daughter—and one Papa Alaev, a gifted musician, divine raconteur, ex-wrestler, sometimes-drunk, and the indisputable leader of the tribe. Papa rules his celebrated folk music clan with an iron tambourine. Beginning with the unilateral decision to immigrate to Israel after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the gifted musician micromanages nearly every aspect of their lives, both on stage and off. As he is about to turn 80 and the generations clash over new musical directions, competing personal interests, and family issues, the show must go on—but who will lead the band?

Preceded by Joe’s Violin

Nominated for Academy Award — Best Documentary (Short Subject)

Kahane Cooperman. 2016. 24 m. NR. US. English. Go2Films.

Joseph Feingold, a 91-year-old Polish Holocaust survivor, donates the violin he’s treasured for 70 years to a local instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old girl from the nation’s poorest congressional district and, unexpectedly, his own. This multi–award-winning film is has been a hit with audiences and juries wherever it’s shown.


Q&A Joe’s Violin filmmaker Kahane Cooperman with producer Raphaela Neihausen
Friday, Mar. 31 2017, 7:00
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Kahane Cooperman is a documentary filmmaker and television producer.  She directed and produced the 2016 Academy Award-nominated short documentary Joe’s Violin. Currently, she is the Executive Producer/Showrunner of the Untitled Holcomb Project, a non-fiction series for SundanceTV.  Prior, she was the Executive Producer and Showrunner of The New Yorker Presents, a series for Amazon Prime. From 2005-2015, she was Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she was originally hired as a field producer in 1996. For her work at the show, she received eleven Primetime Emmy awards and three Peabody awards. Kahane began her documentary career at Maysles Films in NYC. She directed and produced several documentaries prior to Joe's Violin including Cool Water (Sundance Film Festival) and Making Dazed about Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, which was broadcast on AMC and acquired by the Criterion Collection.

Raphaela Neihausen is the founder and Executive Director of DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival.  She is also Executive Director of Stranger than Fiction, a weekly series at IFC Center now its 11th year, described as “indispensable” (New York Magazine) and voted “NY’s best documentary programming” (Time Out New York).  She co-hosts WNYC's Doc of the Week and Executive Produces the podcast Pure Nonfiction.  From 2011 - 2014, she launched the Montclair Film Festival, as Executive Director.  Raphaela produced the award-winning and 2017 Oscar-nominated short documentary Joe’s Violin.  

This film is part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2017 series.

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