The Ethiopian Jew Misgano is a simple farm boy who fled the poverty of his homeland to return with his family to the land that God once promised to his forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: the rich, modern, but utterly strange Israel. Since 1948, many Jews emigrate from around the world to Israel. Among them, the Ethiopian Jews stand out the most in recent years, not only because of their skin color that makes them targets of racism, but also because of the problems they encounter in order to adapt to the modern Israeli society. In this documentary we follow Misgano Mangeste, a 33 year old black Jew who seizes his chance to escape the poverty of Ethiopia to make a living for himself and his family in Israel.
The French / German arts channel ARTE showed the documentary The Land of Milk and Misgano for their “Terres d’Ailleurs” slot.
Misgano Mangeste and his family
Jan Willem den Bok (directing, camera, editing)
Floor Koomen (editorial)
Movie Length: 50 min.
Broadcast Date: April 5, 2012.
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