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There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv

October 3, 2019-7:30 pm

There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv

Film Screening and Q & A with film Director Duki Dror

7.30pm Thursday 3 October

This documentary film tells  the bittersweet story of the Chief Rabbi of Copenhagen, Rabbi Shorenstein, who would come to be known as Rabbi Doolittle.  He arrived in Tel Aviv in 1935 in order to fulfill a longtime dream of building a zoo and teaching the children of Palestine-Eretz Israel about the love of animals.  His dream came true and, against all odds, the Tel Aviv Zoo became the city’s greatest attraction. Yet the envy, greed and corruption by city officials had him banished from the very paradise he himself built. It is a tale of a city raised from sand, only to become an international cultural and financial hub a century later, and the price that was paid for this exponential growth. The film is a parable about a new city envisioned by dreamers, replaced by indifferent bureaucrats, later to be replaced by real-estate tigers.

This 2019 documentary was screened at the Docaviv festival in May of this year.

After our screening, we will be joined for Q & A by film director Duki Dror. Duki was born and raised in the center of Tel Aviv, approximately 100 yards away from the old zoo. It was his escape from school and at night, before going to sleep, he’d hear the wild animals next door. Duki knew nothing about the fantastic story of the man who envisioned and built this zoo.  When one day he came across the story of “Dr. Doolittle of the Holy Land” it left him gaping – a story that has everything in it:

a dreamer who abandoned his job as a chief rabbi for the love of animals, a new city that exponentially expands, transforms itself and gulps everything around. It is a story about the little man against the establishment and a moral question about the idea of a zoo.

All these made it irresistible for Duki to make the film.

The film is in Hebrew and English and has English subtitles


October 3, 2019
7:30 pm
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Render Dow Hall, Netanya AACI
28 Shmuel Hanatziv
Netanya, Israel 4228132 Israel


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