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400 Miles Special Screening / Q&A with Director at The Beis


May 4, 2017
For our first conversation, we unpacked some of the narratives of Jews of Color and their experiences with race and racism within the Jewish community. We talked about the development of race as a construct throughout history, and highlighted that fact that our communities lack language for how to honor and celebrate those who look or act different from the norm.

Please join us for our second conversation this Thursday night as we further explore the Jewish Experience in the Diaspora for people of color. We will watch the documentary "400 miles to Freedom," capturing the journey of Ethiopian-Israeli, Avishai Mekonen, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker himself.

A (sushi and chinese food) light-dinner will be served.

This program is being co-sponsored by The Beis Community and B'chol Lashon.

All are welcome, always.
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Yeganyahu Avishai Mekonen emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel in 1984 as part of Operation Moses, and has worked as a photographer and filmmaker on projects investigating issues of race and identity.

"400 Miles to Freedom," a documentary film executive produced by Be'chol Lashon, is about Avishai's dangerous journey from Ethiopia to Israel to the United States. In 1984, the Beta Israel-a secluded 2,500-year-old community of observant Jews in the northern Ethiopian mountains-began a secret and dangerous journey of escape. Co-director Avishai Mekonen, then 10 years old, was among them. In the film 400 Miles to Freedom, he breaks his 20-year silence about the kidnapping he endured as a child in Sudan during his community's exodus out of Africa. This life-defining event launches an inquiry into identity, leading him to African, Asian and Latino Jews in Israel and the U.S.

Sneak peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS_7jsK5JRk