The premiere of “First in the Selection” was held on Wednesday evening at the Beit Lessin Theater in Tel Aviv. The play, which was performed as part of the closing evening of the French Theater Festival, was directed by the festival’s creator – director, producer, screenwriter and French-Jewish actor Steve Suissa.
The play tells the extraordinary story of Alfred Nakacha, an Algerian-born Jew, the ‘swimmer of Auschwitz’, who survived the Holocaust. This is a solo show starring the actor Amir Haddad.
Haddad is also a singer and creator who represented France at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and collaborated with singer Sia.
The creator of the festival, Steve Suissa, established three acting schools in Israel – in Netanya, Ashdod and Tel Aviv, for the benefit of French Jews who immigrated to Israel. At the end of the show, he received warm words from his world-renowned Algerian friend, singer and composer Enrico Macias, who through his music conveys a message of brotherhood and peace between the countries of the world and in particular with the State of Israel. Israel.
Following the performance, an event was held to mark the end of the ‘French Horizons’ festival at the ‘Cantina’ restaurant on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.
The event included a reception and dinner in the presence of French Ambassador to Israel Eric Danon and his wife Marie-Christine. They also came, congratulating Suissa and Hadad on the successful program: Ruth and Meir Sheetrit, Ami and Lizika Sagi, businessman Yonatan Abramzi, who finances the festival, Frank Malul, CEO of the i24News channel and one of the channel’s owners, and other guests.