Red Leaves


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Thursday, November 19
Time: 11 am
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Director: Bazi Gete
Genre: Narrative
Country: Israel
Year: 2014
Running Time: 80 min
Languages: Amharic and Hebrew with English subtitles


Mesaganio Tadela (Debebe Eshetu) immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia almost 30 years ago. Recently widowed, he decides to sell his apartment and live part of the year with each of his children. Refusing to assimilate since settling in Israel, Tadela speaks little Hebrew and rarely interacts outside the comfort and safety of his Ethiopian Jewish community. However, upon moving in with each of his sons, Tadela realizes that inter-generational differences are not solely responsible for the rising tension between them. Will Tadela’s rigid devotion to the traditions of his ancestral home keep him from making the strides necessary to connect with the world around him?

RED LEAVES is only the second Israeli feature film to realistically depict the Israeli-Ethiopian community, now numbering over 120,000. It’s also timely, as Israeli-Ethiopians have become increasingly vocal regarding the perceived prejudice against them in their adopted home.

Special Event: Film followed by Ethiopian brunch, musical performance, and post-film talk by Barbara Ribakove Gordon, Executive Director of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry

Community Partners: Almaz Cafe, El Al, Israeli Bonds, Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, Philly Israel