No Promised Land

2019 | Documentary | 52 min | MA Film

Directed by Raphael Bondy

Produced by Mira Film GmbH | SRF | ZHdK

Collection: Degree Films 2019

No Promised Land tells the story of four young Jewish Ethiopians facing an identity crisis as their community experiences exclusion in what they expected to be their new-found homeland in Israel. Teacher Benny and fashion designer Lemlem immigrated to Israel as children. Social activist Inbar and stand-up comedian Shlomo were born in Israel. They speak fluent Hebrew and served in the compulsory military service, yet their dream of belonging did not come true. Now, in the wake of growing demonstrations against police brutality, a new hope arises, for a life without discrimination.

Runtime52 min
Year of Production2019
Distribution FormatDCP, ProRes
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shot onA7S, F5, VariCam, C100
Shooting FormatXAVC, AVCHD, ProRes
Spoken LanguageHebräisch
Available SubtitlesGerman, English
Director Raphael Bondy
Cinematography Meni Elias
Music Rahel Zimmermann
Editor Noemi Preiswerk
Produced byMira Film GmbH | SRF | ZHdK
Leading ActorsLemlem Mesfin
Benny Aklum
Inbar Bugale
Shlomo Shmuel
Location Sound Engineer Haim Meir
Sound Design Hannes Barfuss
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Additional Editing Carmen Walker
Digital Colorist Ralph Wetli
Producer Hercli Bundi
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Co-Producer Anita Wasser & Filippo Bonacci , ZHdK
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste,
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Editor SRF Urs Augstburger, Belinda Sallin
Project Mentoring Sabine Gisiger
Editing Mentoring Barbara Weber
Financial Support Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)
Migros Kulturprozent
Avina Stiftung
Katholische Kirche im Kanton Zürich
Schweizerischer Israelitischer Gemeindebund


22. January 2020 – 29. January 2020
55. Solothurner Filmtage
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