Opening the Austin Jewish Film Festival is OpenDor Media’s EXODUS 91. The hybrid-documentary tells the riveting story behind the infamous Operation Solomon. Filmmaker Micah Smith talked with our Gadi Elkon about this powerful film and it’s US PREMIERE!
Exodus 91 tells the incredible story of Operation Solomon, Israel’s airlift of the Ethiopian Jewish community. Using documentary footage and reenactments, this feature-length film follows the Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia, Asher Naim, as he navigates the treacherous world of bureaucracy and politics in a region racked by civil war.
Part historical drama, part documentary, the film blurs the lines between past and present to look beyond the euphoric salvation of Ethiopian Jewry. It portrays the transformation of an individual whose calm diplomatic demeanor fades as he confronts endless obstacles while orchestrating the perilous rescue mission. On a more universal level, the film explores challenging questions surrounding cultural identity, the politics of immigration, and the hardships that remain for these immigrants, and the others that followed, to this day.
Micah talked with Gadi about the film’s hybrid documentary style, the impactful musical score, the cast, and so much more!
Interview with Filmmaker Micah Smith:
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