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ZRUBAVEL



A family of Ethiopian émigrés is torn between love for their homeland and assimilation within Israeli culture in Zrubavel, the first feature-length film created by Ethiopian Israelis. While born and raised in Israel, the Zrubavel family is of Ethiopian heritage. The patriarch of the family is a proud, dignified working man who is determined to see his children succeed beyond him. His dreams for their future are threatened by his children's rebellious choices. Much of the conflict unfolds through the lens of the youngest child, Itzhak who dreams of becoming the, "future Spike Lee of Israel." Zrubavel is a universal story of an immigrant family trying to preserve its heritage in a land where they are viewed as outsiders. Zrubavel is directed by first-time filmmaker Shmuel Beru, who at the age of 8, walked across the Sudanese desert to Israel.

Winner Best Film Award at the 2008 Haifa International Film Festival
Warning: Sexual content/Nudity


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PINCHAS
Nine-year-old Pinchas lives in poverty and loneliness with his Russian immigrant mother, who works the night shift and sleeps during the day. When the boy is drawn to the warmth and unity of religious neighbors, two worlds - his mother's and his neighbors' - collide.
















JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, July 28
9pm, Little Theatre


Director: Shmuel Beru
Country: Israel/US
Running Time: 72 min.
Year: 2008
Language: Hebrew/Amharic w/ subtitles
Genre: Narrative

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Director: Pini Tagver
Country: Israel
Running Time: 30 min.
Year: 2008
Language: Hebrew/Russian w/ subtitles
Genre: Narrative