There are no Lions in Tel Aviv


The story of the chief Rabbi of Copenhagen’s Jewish community, who would come to be known as Rabbi Doolittle. Arriving in Tel Aviv in 1935, Max Shorenstein left his honorable position, in order to fulfill a longtime dream: to build a zoo and teach the children of Palestine-Eretz Israel about the love of animals. His dream had come true and against all odds, the Tel Aviv Zoo became the city’s greatest attraction. Yet the envy, greed and corruption by city officials had him banished from the very paradise he himself built. It is a tale of a city raised from sand, only to become an international cultural and financial hub a century later, and the price that was paid for this exponential growth.

Director: Duki Dror

Producer: Liat Kamai Eshed


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Duration: 63 min. ,54 min.
Date of Release: 2019
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • Docaviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2019
    Winner, Research Award

  • Arquivo em Cartaz International Film Festival, 2019
    Winner, Best Mid-Length film

  • Austin International Film Festival, USA, 2019
    Audience Award Competition

  • Minsk International Film Festival, Belarus, 2019

  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, 2020

  • San Diego international Jewish film festival, 2020

  • Toronto Jewish film festival, 2020

Involved Broadcasters

Kan - Israeli Public Broadcast Corporation

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Biography, History, Human Interest / Social Issues, Jewish Topics, Social Issues