An Iraqi-born Melodrama Master Who Was Reviled by Israel's Snobs

Director George Obadiah fell victim to Ashkenazi Jews' prejudice against their countrymen with roots in Arab countries. He’s finally being celebrated.

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It’s all clear in a student’s documentary film from 1994. A spiral staircase leads from an old house’s yard to the attic. The aging George Obadiah climbs the stairs slowly and opens the door with a flourish,...