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ESRA North Coast Movie “Bal ‎Ej: the Hidden Jews of Ethiopia”

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26 April, 19:00

ESRA North Coast Branch

Movie Screening “Bal ‎Ej: the Hidden Jews of Ethiopia” 

Created and directed by Irene Orleansky

A documentary film revealing the history, traditions and music of the remarkable community of ‎Jews living in Addis Ababa and the North Shewa region of Ethiopia. ‎

About the film: Following a hundred year old account of the prominent Jewish Polish ‎scholar Jacque Faitlovich, the film-maker travels to discover and explore a sect of secret ‎Jews in Ethiopia. Named Bal Ej, craftsmen, for their artisan skills, they have been ‎persecuted by their Orthodox Christian neighbors who slandered them as evil-eyed and ‎hyena-people and have been deprived of the basic rights such as ownership of land, the ‎reason for adopting crafts such as pottery, weaving and iron smithery. Fearing ‎persecutions, they appear Christians outwardly, and practice Judaism in strict secrecy. The ‎synagogues are hidden deep in the mountains and had never before been visited by ‎strangers. Some of their ancient traditions trace back to biblical times and have been ‎completely forgotten by the rest of the world.

The film "Bal Ej: the Hidden Jews of ‎Ethiopia" lifts the curtains of hundreds of years and reveals the history, customs and ‎culture of this remarkable community to the world.‎

About the Director: Irene Orleansky was born in Ukraine in a family of holocaust survivors ‎from Poland and grew up in Russia. Irene She is an Israeli musician, producer, ethnographist and film ‎maker and dedicated the last few years to exploring culture, music and traditions of remote Jewish ‎communities in Asia and Africa. This is her debut documentary film.


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