: Meni EliasAwards
: 2012 Bnai Brith Award for Best Film (Israel)Duration
: 78 minsLanguage
: Hebrew & AmharicCountry
Between 1983-1985, thousands of Falasha Jews walked the 200 kilometres from Gondar in Ethiopia toward the Sudanese border in the hope of reaching the land of Israel to escape the hostile, anti-Semitic Mengistu regime.
These migrants, many of whom were elderly, women and children, suffered from starvation, dehydration and political persecution during the hard trek, with almost 2,000 dying along the way. With support from the CIA, those who survived were flown, in great secret, out of Africa to Israel by Mossad, where they landed as citizens of the State.
When Israel Went Out follows the journey of a group of eight Israelis retracing the arduous trek, including three Ethiopian Jews who walked that same route as young children 25 years earlier.
Along the way, the eight are not only confronted with the physical difficulties of the journey and the continued element of risk, but also faced with the emotional challenges of ancestry, distant memory and change of identity.