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400 MILES TO FREEDOM

400 MILES TO FREEDOM is the story of co-director Avishai Mekonen's search to remember and reconcile what happened to him at age 10 in 1984, when he was kidnapped by slave traffickers in Sudan. Throughout his lifelong journey from Ethiopia to Sudan, Israel, and finally America, his fundamental identity is challenged.


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Little White Lie

Little White Lie tells Lacey SchwartzÕs story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity Ñ despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her familyÕs explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different.


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Off and Running  Nicole Opper


Off and Running is the feature-length coming-of-age story of Avery Cklein-Cloud. With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers — one mixed-race and one Korean — Brooklyn track star Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when, as a teenager, she becomes increasingly curious about her African-American roots, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into a complicated exploration of race, identity and family that threatens to distance her from her parents. She starts skipping school and staying away from home, risking her shot at the college track career that had long been her dream. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring.With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers — one mixed-race and one Korean—Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household.


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This film won the 2010 Be'chol Lashon Media Award

Judaism and Race (mini documentary; 2006)

JUDAISM AND RACE challenges the stereotype that all Jews are white by presenting personal stories of people struggling to reconcile multiple identities as Jews of color.


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