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The Last Jew of Babylon
In a personal tale, Ezra, an Iraqi Jew searches for a lost love from 50 years ago.
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2009 12:18 GMT



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Ezra Levy is one of the last of his kind - a Jew in Iraq.

His tale is a quest for lost love, a woman called Daisy whom he last saw more than 50 years ago.

The Last Jew of Babylon follows Ezra, a garrulous, sprite-like figure with infectious energy, as he goes in search of a memory and his youth.

Clutching a photo of the young, beautiful Daisy, the spry 85-year-old sets off for Israel and a family he has not seen for many years.

Once there, Ezra challenges the assumption that in an anti-Semitic world, Jews are better off in Israel than elsewhere.  

He is proud of his heritage, both Iraqi and Jewish, but struggles to overcome the cultural differences in his new homeland. 

As a tolerant man in an intolerant society, he finds he no longer quite fits in Israel - an Arab-Jew in a land where even those who once lived in Iraq have lost touch with their Arabic roots and now no longer even speak the language.

Yet he struggles on, determined to find his love, and keep a mischievous grin on his face while he does it.

In a very personal account, journalist Inigo Gilmore befriends Ezra and follows him as he tracks Daisy down, bringing the old man's journey to life.

But is Daisy alive and can anyone live up to a 50-year-old ideal?

Your Comments:

I've just finished watching the very touching s tory of Ezra Levy and I want to compliment the filmmaker on a wonderful piece of work. I was moved to tears by Ezra's story, a story I've seen repeated over and over throughout this crazy modern world where mobility allows the young to set up new lives in foreign lands with different language and culture. But how often they make the mistake of bringing their elderly parents to join them. I've seen it with Cubans, Bolivians and Hmong in the USA. I've seen it with Palestinians, Iraqis, and Sudanese in Dubai. In exile they may have more modern comforts, but they're lonely, miss their friends and daily routine back home, and soon lose the will to live on. This program is another great example of the human interest stories that make Al Jazeera my favorite channel and almost the only TV I watch. Thanks very much!
Richard Laprade, UAE

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