The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

Tal Barda & Noam Pinchas, Israel, 2016

A story about a Tajik musical family, based in Israel, that is led by a charismatic, funny, and controlling grandfather, whose son blindly obeys him, and whose daughter left yet desperately wants to return.

At 80, Papa is losing his grip on the family and unwillingly starting to step down from his throne, while the family tries to survive this rigid and unsure transition from Monarchy to democracy.

Produced by:

 Christine Camdessus 

 Serge Gordey 

 Bruni Burres 

 Noam Pinchas

 Tal Barda


 DOC NYC Film Festival

 Prix Europa 2016, Nominated

 Womex Word Music Festival

 San Paulo Int Film Festival

 Flahertiana Film festival

 Long Island International Film Festival

 DocPoint, Helsinki International Film Festival

 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

 Los Angeles Israeli Film Festival

 Australia Jewish Film Festival

 Indie Earth International Film Festival, India

 Kasseler DokFest, Germany

 Doc Aviv International Film Festival, 2016  

 World premiere at the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival Hot Docs, 2016 


 Development and Production Grant by ARTE France Cinema, 2013

 Commissioned by IKON, Dutch Public Broadcaster, 2013

 Invitation to the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival & to the TFI Filmmaker/ Industry Meetings

 Awarded 10,000$ development grant by the Tribeca Film Institute at the 2012 Greenhouse Pitching Forum & selected to the Sheffield Marketplace

 2013 Hot Docs Pitching Forum

The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev - Trailer