Documentary. 63 min.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.
There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv tells the bittersweet story of the chief Rabbi of Copenhagen’s Jewish community, Mordechai Shorenstein, who came to be known as Rabbi Doolittle. Arriving in Tel Aviv in 1935, Shorenstein stepped down from his honorable position in order to fulfill a lifelong dream: to build a place where he could share his love of animals with children. His dream came true, and against all odds, the Tel Aviv Zoo became the city’s most popular attraction until indifferent city officials and real estate predators led to his banishment from the very paradise he built. This is a parable of a new city that rose from the sand to become an international cultural and financial hub, and the price that was paid for its exponential growth.
Director: Duki Dror
“A curious, heartwarming tale” —Times of Israel