In 1967, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a community of African Americans migrated to Dimona from Chicago. This beautifully shot documentary offer a rare glimpse into this unique community whose culture evolves from an uncommon interpretation of the bible, mandating polygamy, natural birth, and veganism. Approximately 300 people made the original migration. Today, over 5,000 African-Hebrew Israelites live in Israel. The founders of the Village recount their epic journey, as the stories of four villagers are woven together to portray a community unlike any other, inspired by ancient scripture, and a determination to live life in its purest form.


Village of Peace

Doc, 64 min, 2014

Written and Directed by: Ben Schuder and Niko Philipides
Produced by: Ben Schuder, Sam Schuder, Niko Philipides
Executive Producer: Amar’e Stoudemire
Language: English and Hebrew

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Synopsis


In 1967, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a community of African Americans migrated to Dimona from Chicago. This beautifully shot documentary offer a rare glimpse into this unique community whose culture evolves from an uncommon interpretation of the bible, mandating polygamy, natural birth, and veganism. Approximately 300 people made the original migration. Today, over 5,000 African-Hebrew Israelites live in Israel. The founders of the Village recount their epic journey, as the stories of four villagers are woven together to portray a community unlike any other, inspired by ancient scripture, and a determination to live life in its purest form.


Festivals

  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, 2016
  • East Bay Jewish Film Festival, 2016
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2015
  • Sheba International Film Festival, 2015

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Festivals

  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, 2016
  • East Bay Jewish Film Festival, 2016
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2015
  • Sheba International Film Festival, 2015
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • Pan African Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • Other Israel Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • SVA Film Festival, 2014
  • Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, 2014

Educational

  • Harvard University
  • Milwaukee JCC Library
  • University of London
  • Duke University
  • University of Pennsylvania