There are No Lions in Tel Aviv
Directed by: Duki Dror
63 minutes, 2020, Documentary; Israel Film Center Festival
Festival year: 2020
In 1935, Max Shorenstein left his position as Chief Rabbi of Copenhagen to fulfill a longtime dream: to build a zoo in Tel Aviv. Against all odds, the Tel Aviv Zoo became one of the city’s greatest attractions. Yet envy, greed, and corruption eventually saw Shorenstein banished from the paradise he built. A tale of a city raised from sand to become an international, cultural, and financial hub a century later, and the price that was paid for this exponential growth.