2019 Boulder Jewish Film Festival - "Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew"

Date: March 11, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm

Once a young shepherd in Africa and now a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, Mekonen strives to find his place as an African-Israeli Jew defending his new homeland and its liberal values of democracy, freedom, and equality.

Mekonen Abebe, a young African-Israeli Jew, is one of many brave young men and women drafted into compulsory service in the IDF. Born and raised in an Ethiopian village, Mekonen was a 12-year-old shepherd when his father died suddenly, less than a day before his family was to move to Israel. After a difficult adjustment period in Israel, Mekonen was fortunate to attend the Hodayot High School, which educates children from troubled backgrounds and helps integrate them into Israeli society. The uplifting and inspiring film accompanies Mekonen back to Africa on an emotional journey. He explores his roots, makes peace with his past and embraces his future in Israel. Mekonen becomes a decorated officer in the IDF, while staying true to his Ethiopian roots and culture.

"The Love Letter"
This short precedes the screening of "Mekonen". In this Ophir-winning short, Noa is a novice IDF commander who finds a love letter from a femaile recruit under her command in her locker and struggles with her feelings of confusion. Is he really loved, or is it a cruel joke?

Monday, March 11 | 4 pm | At the Boedecker Theater | GET YOUR TICKETS HERE