“an eye-opening documentary” New York Theater Wire“
“an exceptional documentary … one of the least recognized refugee groups .. ” Camera.Org
Winner! Best Documentary …. Marbella International Film Festival
Winner! Best Documentary … Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
The Forgotten Refugees tells the rich history of the ancient Jewish communities of the Middle East and North Africa and their rapid demise in the face of persecution in the decades following the creation of the modern State of Israel in 1948. Using rare archival footage, the film follows the exodus of the 900,000 Jews from Arab lands, the lives they left behind and the new challenges they faced.
Employing extensive testimony of refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Iran, the film recounts the stories of joy and of suffering which nearly a million individuals have carried with them for decades. Segments on the contributions of Middle Eastern Jews to politics, business and music testify to the enormously rich cultures which fleeing Jews left behind.
Film Sponsored by Jeanna and Robert Efroymson
Program Sponsored by Kol BeRamah