When Israel Went Out

R. Meni Elias, Documentary, 82’ min., Israel / Ethiopia / Sudan, 2010.
Wednesday, 23. May at 13:30 / Cinema Europa

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Eight Israelis – Ethiopian and native-born – return in late 2009 to retrace the treacherous trek that led thousands of Ethiopian Jews to fulfill their prophecy of reaching Israel, their Promised Land, 25 years earlier. Between 1983-1989, thousands of ‘Flash’ Jews marched nearly 200 kilometers from Gondar, Ethiopia toward the Sudanese border, in the hope of reaching Israel. These immigrants, including many elderly, women and children, suffered from starvation, dehydration and political persecution during the hard trek. Almost 2,000 died along the way. Those who survived were taken under top-secret cover to Israel, where they landed as citizens. When Israel Went Out follows the journey of the eight Israelis on the trek, exploring the meaning of their ancestry, the physical struggle of the journey and the emotional journey of changing an identity.


  • 2012. - B'nai Brith Award for Best Film

Trailer: When Israel Went Out

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