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.
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