WE’RE NOT SURE HOW IT GOT HERE, BUT IT’S HERE: JUDAISM.
IN A REMOTE RURAL VILLAGE IN GHANA, CALLED SEFWI WIAWSO.
The Sefwis, a Ghanaian tribe, may have been practicing Jewish customs for centuries but it was only recently that they discovered that the customs and practices they had been following all this time were part of a major religion: Judaism. They also discovered that they weren’t alone: millions of people around the world are following this very same religion.
Though this discovery led them to a better understanding of who they are and what they belong to, it also left them more lost – striving to connect with and understand the religion and community they suddenly found themselves a part of.
WE’D LIKE TO FULFILL THEIR DREAM OF CONNECTING WITH THE BIRTHPLACE OF THEIR RELIGION: ISRAEL.
For the first time in the Sefwis’ history, a group of community members will be travelling to Israel. On their journey, they seek to reconnect with the roots of their religion and introduce their little-known community to their Jewish brothers and sisters from around the world.
“From the Four Corners of the Earth” is the story of the Sefwis’ journey of discovery. It follows their pilgrimage through the holy land while exploring the events that led them to who they are today.
Narrated and told from the perspective of director and close friend of the community Gabrielle Zilkha, "Four Corners" offers us an intimate and candid portrait of life in this rural African village and the rewards and challenges that have come with their growing connection with the wider Jewish world.
A MULTI-MEDIA APPROACH TO STORYTELLING
Using the tools of 21st century storytelling, we seek to go beyond the creation of a stand-alone documentary film and employ a storytelling strategy that uses a variety of digital, social media and communications technologies to enable deeper and ongoing communication between the Sefwi community and those people around the world who can relate to their journey of self-discovery and quest for belonging.
In addition to enhancing the audience experience, the transmedia elements of From the Four Corners of the Earth are designed to enable a multitude of perspectives, particularly those of the film's subjects, told directly from their point-of-veiw. We are looking to provide members of the Sefwi community with video-enabled smartphones and enable them to post their own video diaries online. In this sense.
Aside from enhancing the overall experience around the film, the purpose of our transmedia strategy is to ensure the story of the Sefwi journey will live past the typical "lifecycle" of a theatrical or televised release.