Baba Joon
Saturday, 11 Mar 2017 - 07:00 PM
Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 - 05:30 PM

Studio Theatre
Toronto Centre for the Arts

Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built with his own two hands after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade, hoping that he will continue the proud family tradition. But Moti doesn’t like working in the turkey barn; his passion is xing up junkyard cars and bringing them back to life. Moti’s mother Sarah tries to reconcile between the two, while his grandfather pushes Yitzhak to take a firm hand with his son. Yitzhak takes Moti’s refusal to work in the turkey barn as a personal rejection. Though he loves his son dearly, he makes it his mission to impose the family farm on Moti. The arrival of Darius, the uncle from America, sets off a chain of events that will undermine the familial harmony. Soon enough Yitzhak will learn that his son is just as stubborn as he is. The conflict is inevitable.


Baba Joon as a Parable

The name of the film, Baba Joon, is a term of endearment similar to “papa,” and is an acceptable nickname among all men in a traditional Iranian family.
Baba Joon depicts the struggle of every man standing at the crossroads of heritage and individual freedom, and deals with the difficulty of bridging the generational gap; it’s a sober, honest look at a patriarchal microcosm attempting to preserve the “old world order,” in a world that is ever-changing; and most importantly, it a story of freedom and personal independence in a familial and social setting that leaves no room for either.
Baba Joon raises questions of upholding tradition as an immigrant, and the obstacle it poses for personal independence; of the pride of the father within his family and his “tribe”; and of the difficulty in honoring and loving in the midst of the inter-generational conflict.



Yitzhak – Navid Neghaban
Moti – Asher Avrahami
Sarah – Viss Elliot Safavi
Darius– Fariborz David Diaan
Baba – Raphael (faraj) Eliasi



Script t by: Yuval Delshad
Directed by: Yuval Delshad
Producers: David Silber, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Photographer: Ofer Inov
Editor: Yoni Tzruya
Original Score: Eyal Saeed Mani


Awards, Festivals & Screenings

Israel’s submission to the Oscars 2015
5 Ophir Awards Winner including: Best Film
Official selection by TIFF 2015
Palm Springs 2016
Haifa IFF 2015
Washington JFF 2016
Miami JFF 2016
Philadelphia Israeli FF 2016
Bratislava JFF 2016

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