Shalom everyone! The following is the official trailer for the 2012 film “Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria,” produced by Jeff L. Lieberman. This film tells the amazing story of the return of the Igbo people of Nigeria to the faith of their ancestors, Torah Judaism. The Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups on the African continent. They number about 42 million strong. The Igbo have long-held the tradition that they are the descendants of ancient Israelites who migrated to Africa after the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Many traditions among the Igbo, for example, circumcision and naming of newborn boys on the eighth day of life, appear to be of Israelite origin. Even more amazing is the majority of the Africans brought as slaves to North America and the English-speaking Caribbean were of Igbo origin. Many among the Igbo people are now returning to their Israelite heritage by embracing Torah Judaism. Today, there are about 5,000 Igbo Jews leading Jewish lives in Nigeria, and the community continues to grow.
Copies of “Re-Emerging” The Jews of Nigeria” are available for purchase in DVD format. To purchase the DVD, please visit www.re-emergingfilm.com.
RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria” is a journey into the heart of Igboland and into the lives and culture of the Igbo people. The film introduces the world to the many synagogues that dot the land, and a handful of passionate, committed, and diverse characters — each striving to fulfill their historical legacy with few resources and unbeknownst to most of the world. Individual stories are woven together with key facets of history, tracing the Igbo from Biblical times up to the brutal 1960s Biafran War, which killed over 1 million Igbo. A wide range of American academics help detail this history, including shedding new light on the Igbo origins of thousands of slaves captured during the Atlantic Slave Trade and brought to American shores. The film delves into this history and travels to the southeast coast of Georgia, where locals still speak of the Igbo spirit at a riverbed called Ibo Landing.
The individuals featured in the film also demonstrate that incredible Igbo spirit. Shmuel is a young man whose story exemplifies the journey toward finding Judaism. Today, he is a leader in his community who teaches and chants Torah, and has big dreams of one day becoming a rabbi. But like almost every Igbo, he grew up surrounded by Christian colonialism, and the road to discovery has been fraught with misunderstanding, wrong turns into Messianic worship, family exile, violent prejudice from both Muslim and Christian neighbors, scorn from Jews he has contacted in the Western world, and frustration of a lack of funds to further educate himself through Internet access. Yet, it’s also been an amazing discovery of community, and furthered with the love of an American rabbi who has been working with both him and the larger community to see their dreams become a reality.
This is the first independent film for New York-Based Director, Jeff L. Lieberman.
Lieberman is a freelance Journalist and Producer in New York, whose work has been seen on CBS, HBO, CNN, FOX, Starz Encore, Fox Movie Channel, The Discovery Channel, E! Entertainment, and on the websites of Yahoo!, The New York Post, CBS Moneywatch, and The Huffington Post.
Brand new musical score of West-African and Jewish music composed by Brooklyn-based Composer, Jeremiah Lockwood of Sway Machinery.
Film trailer, photos, bios, synopsis, screening info, reviews and resources available at http://www.re-emergingfilm.com
Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria – Re-Emerging Films
Video from Re-Emerging Films/YouTube channel