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VIRTUAL STREAMING WINDOW: June 22, 7:00 pm through June 24, 7:00 pm (48 hours)

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 based in Los Angeles. He has produced, filmed, and edited documentaries and short films around the world, with an emphasis on telling dynamic, character driven stories. He is an alumnus of UC Santa Barbara and New York University. Ryan's award-winning first film, TWO HUNDRED PERCENT, screened at film festivals in 2016. His next film, titled A SCHOOL GROWS IN WATTS, tells the story of a small but mighty school and the ways in which it is using education to affect change for students, parents, and community members in South Los Angeles. Learn more...


the passengers poster

Film Details:

Director: Ryan S. Porush
Country: Ethiopia/Israel/USA
Language: English, Hebrew, Amharic w/English subtitles
Running Time: 72m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
Official Website


  • Jewish Identity
  • Immigration
  • Current Politics
  • Ethiopian Jews
  • Racism
  • Advocacy

Rating/Warning: PG