Across the River
Tesgau Mahari (Moshe Rachamim) carries a great burden. For years he has been warning his community against the pervasive dangers of the HIV virus and yet the virus continues to claim the lives of young Ethiopians. Working against the "silencing" policy of Israel's Public Healthy Authority and the denial of the Ethiopian community, Moshe sets out to expose the disease and stop it from spreading. Returning to Ethiopia, he finds thousands of Ethiopians waiting for years in remote camps to fulfill their dream of immigrating to Israel. Cut off from their villages, largely unemployed and living side by side in tight quarters, these would-be immigrants are the highest at-risk group for HIV/AIDS. How could all this have happened? This is not what Moshe had dreamed of when he crossed the river and left his village. A journey back to his isolated birthplace reveals a story about a curious young man who once marked the way for the exodus of the Ethiopian Jews to Israel and now feels he must save his community.
Director // Duki Dror
Producers // Yael Shavit and Duki Dror
Cinematography // Philippe Bellaiche
Editor // Hadara Oren
Original Score // Haim Frank Ilfman
New York Sephardi Film Festival | 2009
Jerusalem International Film Festival | 2009
A brave story about an anti-hero ... with ingenuity and pain, he tries to save his community.
A film that offers a glimpse of a whole community through one man's personal journey.