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Ethiopians

  • Rado Michelenko
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    The year is 1984, and thousands of Africans from 26 different countries are struck by famine and flee to camps in Sudan. Israel and the United States begin a joint initiative to airlift thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Desperate to save her son from starvation and death, a Christian Ethiopian mother convinces her son to declare himself Jewish. Considered an orphan, the boy is adopted by a French Sephardi family that lives in Tel-Aviv. He grows up with the fear that his secrets and lies will be exposed: he is neither a Jew nor an orphan--only a little boy far from home.

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Zem Roschdy, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abeba
  • Moshon Salmona
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    Vasermil tells the story of a group of adolescents who live in the same tough neighbourhood of Beer-Sheba, growing up in an unforgiving environment, pinning their hopes on football as a way out. Shlomi lives with his widowed mother and works as a pizza boy; Adiel, who is of Ethiopian descent, has to look after his young brother and sick mother; and Dima is a new immigrant from Russia, whose family barely makes ends meet. United by a coach in their shared passion for football, the three must learn to work together, accept each others' difference, and overcome old prejudices--to compete for the game and for a brighter future.

    See more about Vasermil at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: David Tepiltzky as Dima, Adiel Zamro as Adiel, Nadir Eldad as Shlomi
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