Legends of the Lost Tribes (#12)

25 Minutes and 34 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 12 of the series follows the story of the ever-vanishing Karaite community in the former Communist states of Poland and Lithuania. The penultimate instalment in the series turns the spotlight onto this otherwise tiny sect of Judaism whose members follow the scriptures to the letter, rejecting any and all rabbinical interpretation.

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