No Promised Land

A film by Raphael Bondy


Since 1977, more than 36,000 African Jews were evacuated from Ethiopia to the promised land of Isreal – to finally arrive "at home". But in Israel they are considered second-class citizens.

NO PROMISED LAND addresses the identity crisis of the Israeli-Ethiopian community using the example of four young Ethiopian Israelis. Teacher Benny and fashion designer Lemlem immigrated to Israel with their parents. The activist Inbar and the stand-up comedian Shlomo were born in Israel. Despite the fact that they speak Hebrew fluently and, like all Israelis, completed compulsory military service, their dream of belonging has not come true. They are still waiting for social recognition. Now, after growing demonstrations against the brutality of the police, they are finally hoping for a new life without discrimination.

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«Most Ethiopians were shocked when they came to Israel. They did not know that there were white Jews. They thought all Jews were black.»

Technical Details

Duration52 min
Original LanguageEnglish, Hebrew
SubtitlesGerman, English

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  • Festivals

    AegeanDocs 2019 International Competition

    October 01, 2019 - October 10, 2019

  • Credits

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    Benny Aklum

    lnbar Bugale

    LemLem Mesfin

    Shlomo Shmuel


    Raphael Bondy


    Meni Elias


    Haim Meir

    Director Assistant

    Tuvia Hizkiyahu


    Noëmi Preiswerk

    Directing Advisor

    Sabine Gisiger


    Hercli Bundi, Mira Film

    Anita Wasser und Filippo Bonacci, ZHdK

    Associate Producer                        

    Vadim Jendreyko

    Back Office Mira Film    

    Nadine F. Forster

    Stagiaire STAGE POOL FOCAL / Ernst Göhner Stiftung

    Kathrin Schmid

    Production manager ZHdK

    Gilles Germann


    Joëlle Weil

    Maor Waisburd


    Mira Film

    In coproduction with

    Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

    Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK, Master of Arts in Film

    Commissioning Editors SRF

    Urs Augstburger

    Belinda Sallin

    With financial support from

    Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)

    Migros Kulturprozent

    Katholische Kirche im Kanton Zürich

    Avinia Stiftung

    Schweizerischer Israelitischer Gemeindebund