Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew is the new mini-documentary from the creators of Netflix-featured Beneath the Helmet and PBS-featured Israel Inside.

The film follows the backstory of Mekonen Abebe, a new commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, as he returns to Africa to explore his roots, make peace with his past and embrace his future in Israel.

When Mekonen was a 12-year-old shepherd in Ethiopia, his father died suddenly less than a day before his family was to move to Israel.  The film follows Mekonen back to Ethiopia, where he visits his father’s grave and reflects on how dramatically his life has changed in spite of – or perhaps because of – his personal tragedy.

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