When Israel Went Out

Request screeningFilmed in:Israel, EthiopiaRunning time:82 min

When Israel Went Out

This film recounts the personal journey of two men and a woman from a distance of thirty years.

Their journey began in their village in the Gondar region of North Ethiopia and came to a halt in Sudan, where they were told that they would be taken from there to the Land of Israel. Takele Mekonnen was then 15 years old, Naftali Abraham was 13 years old, and Roni Malkai was a toddler of two and a half years and barely survived the hardships of the journey. Together they depart for a journey they had already gone through in the past, in attempt to resolve some questions that remained open. Each person and their own story, each person and their own secrets and pains.

The film sheds a new light on the story of a people, which, despite all the years that have passed, is still differentiated, misunderstood, and has not become an integral part of Israeli society.

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An exciting film devoid of pathos, a touching documentary of the Ethiopian Jewish dream to return to Zion, and of the difficult tests of the journey and its fulfillment. All this spreads out along the breathtaking backdrop of the Northern Ethiopian landscapes and is accompanied by the memoirs from the lips of the characters themselves. The film is a microcosm of all immigration stories of Diaspora Jews to Israel.From Judges, The B’nai B’rith Award for Journalism 2011


2012 - Ministry of Culture Cinema Award
2011 - "B’nai B’rith" Award for Journalism
Audience Choice Award - Best Documentary - San Diego Film Festival
Haifa International FFHaifa, Israel2010
NY Sephardic Jewish FFNew York, USA2011
San Diego Black FFSan Diego, USA2011
San Diego Jewish FFSan Diego, USA2011
Israeli FF ParisParis, France2011
Israeli FF NYNew York, USA2011
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