Baba Joon

Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built with his own two hands after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade, hoping that he will continue the proud family tradition. But Moti doesn't like working in the turkey barn; his passion is fixing up junkyard cars and bringing them back to life. Moti's mother Sarah tries to reconcile between the two, while his grandfather pushes Yitzhak to take a firm hand with his son. Yitzhak takes Moti's refusal to work in the turkey barn as a personal rejection. Though he loves his son dearly, he makes it his mission to impose the family farm on Moti. The arrival of Darius, the uncle from America, sets off a chain of events that will undermine the familial harmony. Soon enough Yitzhak will learn that his son is just as stubborn as he is. The conflict is inevitable.

91 minutes
Yuval Delshad

Shown at

  1. 14º Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  2. 15th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 19th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. 20th Annual Israeli Film Festival (Philadelphia) - 2016
  5. 21st Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  6. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  7. Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  8. Brussels Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  9. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  10. East Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  11. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  12. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  13. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  14. Israel Film Festival New York - 2016
  15. JewishFilm - 2016
  16. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2016
  17. Jüdisches Filmfestival Wien - 2019
  18. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2017
  19. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2016
  20. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  21. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  22. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2016

8 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Father-son relations

    Baba Joon, directed by Yuval Delshad, is a new Israeli feature film which won five Israeli Ophir awards this year, including for best film, cinematography, art direction and score. The title of the film is a Farsi term of endearment, similar to “papa”. In fact, the film is in both Hebrew and Farsi.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Israeli film makes East Coast U.S. premiere

    The film has made its East Coast United States premiere at this year’s Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF). It will screen again during the festival at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 at O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave. The film, directed by Yuval Delshad and starring Navid Negahban, Viss Elliot Safavi and Asher Avrahami, tells the story of Moti, an only son to farmers in a village populated by Jewish Iranian immigrants in Israel’s Negav desert. The immigrants in this small community strive to maintain their Iranian culture and pursue the Iranian Jewish way of life. This enlightening film contains magnificent cinematography and excellent dialogue, acting and character development in its portrayal of family and intergenerational tension.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Film Review: ‘Baba Joon’

    A coming-of-age drama from debuting feature helmer-writer Yuval Delshad set in a Persian-immigrant moshav in the Negev during the early 1980s.

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    A modest but emotional autobiographical account of a generational conflict which erupts at a turkey farm in the south of Israel, its portrait of a confrontation between three generations of Iranian immigrants should resonate in many quarters, if only for its treatment of the clash between Third World traditions and mentality with Western ways of life. Already bound, after the Haifa Film Festival, for Stockholm and Goa, this heart-warming family item should easily become a successful festival favourite.

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    “I looked for actors that would be Iranian and would share something in the characters I created,” Delshad explained. “The world they come from is the world of the story.

    Delshad and his company have created a something special. The struggles between Moti and Yitzhak will be familiar to anyone who has ever been a child or a parent.

  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Baba Joon’ wins the Ophir Award for best picture

    Baba Joon, the story of a father-son conflict in a family of Iranian immigrants living in the Negev directed by Yuval Delshad, was awarded “Best Picture” at the Ophir Awards prize ceremony in Ashdod.

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    While Baba Joon has some culturally specific undertones – namely the Iranian experience of adjusting to life in Israel, and the unusual mix of Farsi and Hebrew in the same conversation – its main premise of generational differences in the lives of immigrants is easily transposed to a universal context, while the storyline is staple Hollywood.

  8. jewishfilmfests says:

    Tradition in a New World | Q&A with actor Navid Negahban
    With his portrayal as a Jewish turkey farmer in the award-winning Israeli film “Baba Joon,” actor Navid Negahban is stepping out from a role that many television fans have come to associate with the Iranian-born actor. Negahban was renowned as Abu Nazir, the al-Qaida leader he played on Showtime’s “Homeland” over three seasons.

For information about this film, including how to get a copy of it, please click the DVD, Instant Video, IMDB or website link above.
(This site is not affiliated with the film.)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *