Jerome Cohen-Olivar
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Jerome Cohen-Olivar

Jérôme Cohen-Olivar (born 1964) is a Moroccan-French film director, best known for Kandisha (2008), a fantasy film inspired by the myth of Aicha Kandicha.


Cohen-Olivar mostly grew up in Morocco, where he made movies on super 8mm film, before moving to Los Angeles. Susan Susan, his first short film, was a satire about secret immigration to the United States, bought by Disney for about $300,000.[1]

The Midnight Orchestra, a comedy based around the story of a man travelling to Morocco to revive his father's orchestra, examined the experiences of Jews leaving Morocco.[2] It won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Montreal World Film Festival in 2015.[3]


  • Susan Susan, 1987 (short)
  • Cool Crime, 1999
  • Kandisha, 2008
  • The Midnight Orchestra (L'orchestre de minuit), 2015
  • The 16th Episode / Little Horror Movie, 2018


  1. ^ Jérôme Cohen-Olivar, New York Sephardi Film Festival 2019. Accessed 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Midnight Orchestra: Coexistence between Jews and Moslem Moroccans and the Memory resilience, African Bulletin, 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ Ikram Bellarabi, Routes and Roots: The Representations of the Jewish Returnees on the Moroccan Big Screen, BA Thesis, Mohammed V University in Rabat, 2016/17.

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