The Little-known Poet Behind Beloved Israeli Songs

A film on the late Avraham Chalfi shines a spotlight on a modest man, who faded out of the world unnoticed, but left behind an impressive repertoire of songs and poems.

“This is a film that was made against its protagonist’s wishes, because he certainly wouldn’t have wanted it or agreed to it,” says Uri Misgav, a Haaretz journalist and columnist, about his film on the late poet and songwriter Avraham Chalfi. The movie, “Life of Poetry – The Story of Avraham Chalfi,” will premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival on Friday.