The Jerusalem Dream is a deeply moving and historically significant documentary that takes audiences on an emotional journey back to the late 1970s when the first wave of Ethiopian Jews began their long-anticipated voyage to Israel. After thousands of years of yearning and prayer for Jerusalem, these brave souls embarked on a life-changing quest to fulfill their dreams.
The film offers an intimate glimpse into the hearts and minds of these Ethiopian Jews, whose lives were forever altered by their daring journey. It sensitively captures the profound loss and pain experienced by those who didn't survive the arduous trek through the harsh terrains of Sudan's refugee camps. The scars left behind are etched in the collective memory of the community, a testament to their resilience and determination.
The Jerusalem Dream is a testament to the human spirit's triumph over adversity. It shares the untold stories of those who perished due to thirst, hunger, and epidemics, as well as those who courageously pressed forward, driven by the unwavering desire to reach Jerusalem—the land of their ancestors, the land of their dreams.
The documentary's strength lies in its ability to transcend time and distance, transporting audiences to a bygone era and illuminating the shared humanity that binds us all. Through heartfelt interviews and rare archival footage, viewers are granted privileged access to the hopes, struggles, and joys of the Ethiopian Jewish community.
Director: Meni Elias
Producer: Micha Shagrir and Meni Elias
Produced with the help of:
Screenplay: Meni Elias
Cinematographer: Meni Elias
Editor: Tor Ben Mayor
Sound designer: Rotem Dror
Additional credits: Music : Koby Vitman