WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Ryan Porush | 70 min
Ethiopia, Israel, United States
EnglishHebrewAmharic with English subtitles
Saturday, May 116:15 PM E Street Cinema
Tuesday, May 146:30 PM AFI Silver Theatre On Rush*
The Passengers tells the story of the Ethiopian Jews and the struggle for a final, abandoned community to immigrate to Israel. The film follows the unlikely journey of two young men on a fateful trip to America as representatives of a grassroots advocacy campaign.
When the pressure of representing its desperate community builds and an increasingly conservative Israeli government remains uninterested despite pervasive cries of racism, the pair must reconcile with an uncertain and fateful future.
Both screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Ryan Porush. The May 14 post-screening conversation also includes David Elcott of the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, and Laura Katz Cutler, Managing Director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Ryan Porush. May 14 conversation includes David Elcott of the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, and Laura Katz Cutler, Managing Director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University.
Ryan Porush is a documentary filmmaker and journalist based in LA. He’s produced, filmed and edited documentaries and short films around the world, with an emphasis on telling dynamic, character-driven stories that give voice to marginalized communities. He received a BA from UCSB, and an MA in documentary journalism from NYU, where he learned from established documentarians like Kirsten Johnson, Carol Dysinger and Shimon Dotan. Porush’s award-winning first short documentary film, Two Hundred Percent, screened at film festivals in 2016. He has collaborated with VICE, GQ and National Geographic. He founded the production company Far Between Pictures in 2017.
David Elcott has spent the last thirty years at the intersection of community building, the search for a theory of cross-boundary engagement, and interfaith and ethnic organizing and activism. Trained in political psychology and Middle East affairs at Columbia University and Judaic studies at the American Jewish University, Dr. Elcott is the Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and faculty director of the Advocacy and Political Action specialization at Wagner. His present research is focused in a number of inter-related areas: Launched with Ford Foundation grants, Dr. Elcott addresses how religious leaders can constructively affect civil discourse and democracy, searching for pathways for positive religious involvement in civic affairs.
Laura Katz Cutler is Managing Director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University. A former commercial banker with Wells Fargo Bank, Ms. Cutler is a community activist and active member of the Washington, DC, Jewish community, where she has been a tireless advocate for innovation in Jewish education. She is past chairman of the board of PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values and was a founding board member of the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning. Ms. Cutler serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She holds a masters degree in international relations from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Genres and Topics
Far Between Pictures LLC
Ryan S. Porush
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This event finished on May 15, 2019.