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Netanya AACI


Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia Film Screening, Q & A with film director Irene Orlansky.
7.30pm Thursday 22 March
(Please note change of date from earlier newsletter announcement)
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 for their artisan skills, they are craftsmen who have been persecuted by their Orthodox Christian neighbors. Having been deprived of basic rights such as ownership of land, they have adopted crafts such as pottery, weaving and iron smithery in order to survive economically. Fearing persecutions, they appear Christians outwardly, and practise Judaism in strict secrecy. The synagogues are hidden deep in the mountains and have 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, as the visit of the film-maker reveals the history, customs and culture of this remarkable community to the world.
The director, Irene Orlansky, was born in Ukraine to a family of holocaust survivors from Poland and is an Israeli musician, producer, ethnographist and film-maker. In recent years she has devoted her work to exploring the culture, music and traditions of remote Jewish communities in Asia and Africa.
Members pre-paid NIS 40 Members at Door NIS 50 Non-members NIS 60

Ben Gurion Epilogue   Film screening and talk with producer Yael Perlov   8.00pm Sunday 6 May
Ben Gurion Epilogue is an astonishing film which has been produced from six hours of archive material recently uncovered by the filmmakers. We see David Ben-Gurion interviewed in 1968 at the age of 82, five years before his death. At the time of this series of interviews, he is living in his secluded home in the desert, removed from all political discourse, and this allows us to appreciate his hindsight perspective on the Zionist enterprise. Ben-Gurion’s introspective soul-searching is the focus of this film and his clear voice provides a surprising vision for today’s crucial decisions and the future of Israel.
Yael Perlov is a film editor and producer who currently teaches at Tel Aviv University. She has produced, initiated and edited a great number of films, among them a series of 2010-2014 shorts by Israeli and Palestinian student crews entitled Coffee, Water and Sport, made in collaboration with the Embassies of the U.S. and France, plus a series about women writers called A Room Of Your Own (2002-2009).
Ben Gurion Epilogue received the Israeli Film and TV Academy Award for best documentary 2017. In producing this fascinating and highly-acclaimed film, Yael is following in the footsteps of her father, David Perlov, who was awarded the Israel Prize in 1999 for his contribution to cinema.
Members pre-paid NIS 60 Members at door NIS 70 Non-members NIS 80

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