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MILLENNIUM ETHIOPIA & THESE ARE MY NAMES

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 07:00pm
MILLENNIUM ETHIOPIA
Director: Benjamin Mandell (Ethiopia/Israel 2010), 27 min, Amharic

Synopsis:
Ethiopia enters the new millennium on September 11, 2007 nearly eight Years after the rest of the world. The celebrations are riotous. Traditional dance meets modern hip-hop, and a country internationally known for famine and poverty becomes an unexpected hope for an African future. It is a new chance for Ethiopia. It is a time for her people abroad to come home. Desaly Goshu left his birthplace of Ethiopia seventeen years ago. As a young boy, his family immigrated to Israel for the opportunity to live in their holy land. Now for the first time, Desaly is returning to Ethiopia to remember his past and to celebrate the coming of a new era.

THESE ARE MY NAMES
Director: Ruth Mason (Israel 2010) 30 min, Hebrew

Synopsis:
Ethiopian Jews' multiple names reflect the richness, wisdom and beauty of their culture -- and every name tells a story. In the film, young Ethiopian Israelis share their journeys toward their names: stories of love and connection, survival and loss, anger and pride. The characters' original names – changed without their consent upon arrival in Israel – take them back to their childhoods in mountain villages, to the hunger and fear in Sudan, to longing for loved ones who died or disappeared on the journey to Israel, to denial of their identity…and reclamation of their roots.