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Streaming January 13-25, 2023 Digital Screening Room

Israel | 70 minutes | 2022

Nafkot – Yearning

Southeast US Premiere

Filled with breathtaking images, Nafkot – Yearning is a fascinating look at an isolated Ethiopian Jewish community through the lens of an Israeli anthropologist and activist who travels to Ethiopia to meet and document this hidden Jewish group. She hopes her work will help spread their unique story as they struggle to retain their identity and traditions, and survive amidst the many changes happening in the world around them. While traveling throughout the community, the director makes numerous historical site visits, including to the first hidden synagogue, and participates in the reenactments of their sacred ceremonies.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Malka Shabtay. To view the conversation please click here.

Director's Bio

Directed by Malka Shabtay

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Malka Shabtay is an applied anthropologist, working almost 40 years with the Ethiopian Jewish Community in Israel. She taught at the Ruppin Academic Center, the Institute for Immigration and Social Integration, and various other academic institutes. She has published 15 books and numerous articles in her extensive career.

Cast and Credits


Malka Shabtay


Malka Shabtay, Naama Yehezkeli


Meni Elias


Naama Yehezkeli


Abere Teshome, Belayneh Tazebku, Michael Moges Demsse

Film Info






70 minutes


Amharic with English subtitles
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