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Daniel Dahan was born in the Israeli northern town of Maalot to a Moroccan Jewish family. After high school he completed 3 years National Service as a tank gunner in the IDF. He traveled for several years around the globe and published a number of short stories. Daniel completed his four years of full time study at the Maaleh Film School in February 2022 and his graduating short, “God Child” won Best Narrative Film at the student award ceremonies. At present Daniel writes and directs music videos.
This movie was born inside me as a sort of reverse explosion: one clear event sent me on a very long journey to the past, leading me through my youth and back to my childhood. It all began when I experienced mental illness for the first time. After the first shock, when I realized that there were going to be some tough years ahead, I found out that beyond my regular life routines lay a deep and painful question, a question that haunted me as a Jewish Moroccan child, in the small northern Israeli town where I grew up. Why had God created pain in the world? The people of my family are very different from the society in which I live as an adult, and as the grandson of a Moroccan kabbalist I was immersed early in a lot of discussion about the incomprehensible will and justice of God. The movie became a sort of testing ground where I could try to seek a peace and a cure to this most basic and painful of questions.