GCIFF Mini Film Fest

GCIFF Mini Film Fest

Thursday, Mar 23, 2023 at 7:00pm


Gold Coast International Film Festival is proud to present the best in critically acclaimed and independent Jewish films. The GCIFF lineup showcases 5 exciting features and special guest speakers. All films will be shown in-person at the Manhasset Cinemas.

Exodus 91

A hybrid docudrama film that follows Israeli diplomat, Asher Naim, on a semmingly insurmountable mission to bring 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. As Asher learns more about these African Jews, he finds himself between worlds and facing a crisis of faith in himself and his country.

In his vital, gripping film, director Micah Smith brings a historical moment to vivid life through a hybrid of documentary and dramatic narrative. Smith returns to the politically complex May 1991 event known as Operation Solomon. Israeli diplomat Asher Naim travels to Ethiopia to act as negotiator for the release of 15,000 Ethiopian Jews, hoping to save them from a country plagued by famine and civil war. This seemingly altruistic mission, however, is thrown into doubt and skepticism when Naim begins to suspect the rescue mission might be a publicity stunt for his home country, and the Ethiopians wonder whether they have been little more than pawns. At the same time that the escalating situation on the ground becomes combustible, Naim’s crisis of faith grows.

+ Special Guest Speaker Mazi Melesa Pilip, Nassau County Legislator - District 10

Micah Smith | 2022 | Docudrama | Israel | English, Hebrew with English Subtitles | 90 Minutes

Presented with generous support from Sumi & Michael Glickman.

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