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Filled with breathtaking images, Nafkot – Yearning is a fascinating look at an isolated Ethiopian Jewish community through the lens of an Israeli anthropologist and activist who travels to Ethiopia to meet and document this hidden Jewish group. She hopes her work will help spread their unique story as they struggle to retain their identity and traditions, and survive amidst the many changes happening in the world around them. While traveling throughout the community, the director makes numerous historical site visits, including to the first hidden synagogue, and participates in the reenactments of their sacred ceremonies.


Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Malka Shabtay. To view the conversation please click here.


  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    70 minutes
  • Language
    Amharic
  • Country
    Israel
  • Premiere
    Southeast US Premiere
  • Director
    Malka Shabtay
  • Screenwriter
    Malka Shabtay, Naama Yehezkeli
  • Cast
    Abere Teshome, Belayneh Tazebku, Michael Moges Demsse
  • Cinematographer
    Meni Elias
  • Editor
    Naama Yehezkeli