“Here is, finally, a film in which the Afghans make us die of laughter”, Charlie Hebdo wrote on Cabal in Kabul, the film the week on CINEPUB. A documentary about nowadays Afghanistan, seen through the grudge between two Jews living in Kabul, Cabal in Kabul has received, among others, the Nanook Award of the Festival of Etnographic Film in Paris (2007) and the Best Prize of the Astra Festival of Documentary Film and Visual Anthropology in Sibiu (2008).

Cabal in Kabul by Dan Alexe - CINEPUB

Director: Dan Alexe
Year: 2007
Category: documentary
Duration: 87 minutes
Subtitles: Romanian

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Dan Alexe’s film captures in an unconventional manner, life in Afghanistan after the Talibans. A freelancer journalist, the author lived in Kabul for a long period of time, and learned the Persian language. Among many other stories he heard in all these years, one of them was about the last two jews living in Kabul. The two hate each other, and consequently divided the synagogue betwen the two of them. Isaac Levy sells amulets and casts spells on soldiers and on barren women.

Zabulon Simantov produces alcoholic drinks for the black market, and sells the product to Isaac’s customers. The two last jews live in constant conflict. The author creates an intimate film, full of humor and humanity.


  • Best Film, Astra Film Festival – Romania, 2008
  • The Nanook Award, Festival of Ethnographic Film in Paris – France, 2007
  • Best Film, Russian Flahertiana Ethnografic Film Festival – Russia, 2007
  • The Award of the Public, Nyon Film Festival – Switzerland, 2007.