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Raphael Bendahan

Living in: Montreal, Quebec
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Raphael Bendahan was born in Casablanca, Morocco, emigrated to Toronto and did his Masters in Visual Arts in Montreal where he currently lives. Photographer/filmmaker. Taught at Concordia U Film and at Okalakatiget Society in Nain, Labrador. Began making films/photographs in 1969. Received a Journalism degree in 1991. Bendahan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and in various collections. Distributed by CFMDC and Vtape Toronto.


First film you made, and where and when?
Black and White/Noir et Blanc (1970) shot in Toronto.

Describe your current living space.
6 1/2 room, third floor apartment on the Plateau in Montreal.

What Canadian would you challenge to make an isolation movie?
Norman Bethune 

In the history of cinema whose isolation movie would you want to see?
Fritz Lang’s

Favourite books to read in isolation?
George Saunders/ Lorrie Moore

Favourite music to listen to in isolation?
Charlie Parker/Joni Mitchell

Favourite movies to watch in isolation?
Tarkovsky’s: StalkerNostalgia, The Sacrifice

What’s the last best thing you cooked?
ground turkey hamburgers

Best advice to give to anyone in isolation?
Be kind and patient with yourself and others. Be strong.