Legends of the Lost Tribes (#8)

25 Minutes and 36 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.
In this episode, Patinkin explores Jamaica’s Rastafarian movement and its members’ connection to the lost Jewish tribes: from their forced exile from their native Africa to a longing for Ethiopia – their very own ‘Zion.’ In fact, the Rastafarians’ “Messiah”, Haile Selassie, believes that he is a direct descendant of King Solomon. Throughout the episode, Patinkin shines a light on the range of unique Rasta customs, and the connection between Judaism and Rastafarianism.

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