Film Synopsis
In 1984, the Beta Israel, a secluded 2,500-year-old community of observant Jews in the northern Ethiopian mountains, fled a dictatorship and began a secret and dangerous journey of escape. Co-director Avishai Mekonen, then a 10 year old boy, was among them. 400 MILES TO FREEDOM follows his story as he breaks the 20 year silence around the brutal kidnapping he endured as a child in Sudan during his community's exodus out of Africa, and in so doing explores issues of immigration and racial diversity in Judaism. Rabbi Capers Funye and Avishai Mekonen
Rabbi Capers Funye and Avishai Mekonen
Directed and Produced By
AVISHAI YEGANYAHU MEKONEN
SHARI ROTHFARB MEKONEN
Executive Producers
DIANE KAUFMANN TOBIN & DR. GARY A. TOBIN z”l
BE’CHOL LASHON, INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH & COMMUNITY RESEARCH

STEVEN FISCHLER & JOEL SUCHER
PACIFIC STREET FILMS
Music by
GIL TALMI

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