“Zrubavel,” first fully Ethiopian-Israeli feature, depicts immigrant life

Filmmaker Shmuel Beru and artist/singer Meskie Shirbru-Sivan answer questions about Ethiopian-Israeli life. / photo by Rachel Mauro

Filmmaker Shmuel Beru and artist/singer Meskie Shirbru-Sivan answer questions about Ethiopian-Israeli life. / photo by Rachel Mauro

Ethiopian food, traditional coffee services, and cultural offerings adorned DCJCC’s Ethiopian Experience: Spices, Songs and Cinema.

Ethiopian Ambassador Dr. Samuel Assefa and Israeli Deputy Jeremy Isaacharoff were in attendance Monday night at the screening of “Zrubavel,” Israel’s first feature film created by a team of Ethiopian-Israelis and first prize winner, drama, in the Haifa International Film Festival of 2008. Dozens of people filed into the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater to watch the movie, followed by discussion with filmmaker Shmuel Beru and performance by vocalist/actress Meskie Shibru-Sivan.

The film of “Zrubavel” centered around an Ethiopian-Israeli family struggling with immigration, assimilation, and the general pangs of family. I appreciated the fact that this movie introduced me to a side of Israel that I have never seen before. The characters were well drawn out, intriguing, heart-breaking, and quite often downright funny.

This evening was sponsored in part by B’nai B’rith International’s The Center for Jewish Culture, The American Sephardi Federation/Sephardi House, The Israeli Embassy, and The Ethiopian Embassy.

For more information on the DCJCC’s Film Series, click here.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on ““Zrubavel,” first fully Ethiopian-Israeli feature, depicts immigrant life

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s