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Mother Stayed There

Directed by: Dalia Meyerovich
50 Minutes, 1997

This documentary relates the stories of two Ethiopian Jews whose mothers were left behind during the 1991 Israeli airlift of 14,000 Ethiopians. Paulus (19) and Rachel (20) tell their stories, these children of war sent to Israel “to have a better life.” They served in the Israeli army. They studied for advanced degrees. They settled in Tel Aviv. As we accompany them back to Africa, we see the poverty, the marketplace unchanged for thousands of years, the mules ladden with produce and the women balancing bundles on their heads. To the 3,000 Ethiopian Jews still hoping to emigrate, Israel is like America. It is, after all, the original promised land.


Director: Dalia Meyerovich