Legends of the Lost Tribes (#3)

25 Minutes and 21 seconds , 1996
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Directed by: Aran Patinkin
Production: Neot Semadar Communications Ltd.

A 13-episode documentary series created by director and filmmaker, Aran Patinkin, which traces the legend of the lost tribes who, according to ancient scriptures were banished from the Kingdom of Israel after it fell to the Assyrians in the 8th century BCE. On this journey, in which Patinkin sets out to uncover what became of them, every episode shines a line on select individuals, traditions, beliefs, and cultures which, in some form or another, all lead back to one of the lost tribes.
Episode 3 of the series turns its focus onto Nigeria’s Ibo tribe. Legend has it that the tribesmen are in fact descendants of the foreign workers – the cheap labour force brought over to Israel from Africa by King Solomon for the purpose of building the Temple. According to myth, when the workers came back to Africa, they returned as Jews (the name ‘Ibo’ is actually a mispronunciation of ‘Hebrew’). The Ibos consider themselves descendants of the Gad tribe and their tale is told through a series of interviews with members of the community who are eager to share their story.

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