Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana

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About The Film

A young Canadian filmmaker undergoes a transformative spiritual journey in the most unlikely of places in DOING JEWISH: A STORY FROM GHANA.

Gabrielle Zilkha had little interest in religion when she arrived in Ghana to volunteer for six months of community service, a lone Jew from Montreal awash in a sea of Christians. As the High Holidays approach, she longs to reconnect with a Jewish community and goes on a day-long trip to a remote western township in Sefwi Wiawso where, remarkably, Judaism has been practiced in isolation for centuries. Identifying as descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, a tiny but devout congregation and its charismatic leader practice kosher dietary laws, circumcision and other Jewish rites. Over five years, the filmmaker follows the ongoing struggle for acceptance and continuity by the Jews of Ghana, while consulting experts about Jewish lineage, and its ability to cross borders and thrive.

A heartwarming, often humorously self-deprecating consideration of identity and belonging, DOING JEWISH: A STORY FROM GHANA uses a unique global lens to re-examine the age-old question of what makes someone Jewish. 

Film Details

Running Time 
84 minutes
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Year 
2016
Premiere 
Southeast Premiere