Village of Peace

The May 10 screening of “Village of Peace” at Cinemapolis was followed by a lively discussion, with audience members characterizing the movie as everything from “inspiring” to “strange.” Participants shared what surprised them about the Black Hebrew community (such as the veganism), what disturbed them (the polygamy) and what inspired them (the commitment).

Many questions were raised, including whether the Black Hebrews will be able to maintain their distinctive culture as they become more fully integrated in the larger Israeli society. The same question about culture vs. integration was raised at the film on May 10; Ethiopians, too, are wrestling with how to preserve their unique identity.

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