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Screenings & Events


Monday, June 22, 2020 | 07:00PM - 07:00PM |Now Streaming!


Monday, June 22, 2020 | 07:00PM - 07:00PM |Now Streaming!


Monday, June 22, 2020 | 07:00PM - 07:00PM |Now Streaming!

The Stroum Jewish Community Center announced the decision not to proceed with the Seattle Jewish Film Festival scheduled for March 19 – 29 and April 4 – 5. Options are being explored for a rescheduled film festival to take place in the summer or early fall of 2020.

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About The Film

Jews have lived in Ethiopia for centuries. Hundreds of thousands have immigrated to Israel. Only 9,000 remain in Ethiopia.  They speak Hebrew, keep kosher, and have Israeli relatives, yet appeals to make aliyah—the Jewish birthright of becoming an Israeli citizen—have been denied. In an effort to persuade the Israeli government, two young Ethiopian Jews, Demoz and Gezi, make a fateful trip to America where they are caught between two worlds: leaving home for the first time in their lives and becoming the “voice” of an abandoned community. They join forces with prominent American Jewish leaders but confront The Law of Return, which gives Jews all over the world the right to come and live in Israel and to gain Israeli citizenship. Can they prove they have a Jewish grandparent to qualify and become a citizen of Israel?

Director Bio

Ryan S. Porush is a documentary filmmaker and journalist based in New York City and Los Angeles known previously for KINGS OF THE UNDERGROUND (2015) and TWO HUNDRED PERCENT (2016). Porush studied documentary journalism at New York University.

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Film Details:

Director: Ryan S. Porush
Country: Ethiopia/Israel/USA
Language: English, Hebrew, Amharic w/English subtitles
Running Time: 72m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
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  • Jewish Identity
  • Immigration
  • Current Politics
  • Ethiopian Jews
  • Racism
  • Advocacy

Rating/Warning: PG