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THE PASSENGERS/ SHMELKY - Presented by LA Jewish Film Festival
Congregation Beth Shalom, Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita, CA
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THE PASSENGERS/ SHMELKY - Presented by LA Jewish Film Festival
Los Angeles Premiere!
Documentary/Ethiopia, Israel, USA/2019/70 min
Directed by Ryan Porush
English, Hebrew, Amharic with English subtitles   

For centuries, there was a thriving Jewish community in Ethiopia. After the establishment of Israel, thousands relocated there, and now thousands more are fighting to join their families and friends. The Passengers tells the story of the Ethiopian Jews and the struggle to immigrate to Israel. The film follows the amazing journey of two young men, best friends Demoz and Gezi, as they represent their abandoned community on a fateful mission in America. With intimate access and detailed historical context we follow the unlikely spokesmen, out of Ethiopia for the first time in their lives, as they deal with intense pressure, homesickness and ups and downs of a grassroots campaign, while growing personally from the life-changing journey. When the pressure of representing its desperate community builds, the pair must reconcile unexpectedly diverging paths with an uncertain, critical future closing in.

Q&A with Ryan Porush

Preceded by
Short/Israel, USA/2018/20 min
Directed by Raanan Rosenbaum
Hebrew with English subtitles 

Children's TV star Shmelky the Jewish Puppet comes to the realization that he wants to make a change and become a serious, respected theater actor. After his dream doesn't go as planned he embarks on a journey of self discovery. 

Sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom of Santa Clarita


Congregation Beth Shalom, Santa Clarita (View)
21430 Centre Pointe Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
United States


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Film > Movies
Film > Premiers

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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