The Story

WE’RE NOT SURE HOW IT GOT HERE, BUT IT’S HERE: JUDAISM.
IN A REMOTE RURAL VILLAGE IN GHANA, CALLED SEFWI WIAWSO.

A tiny West African community known as the Sefwis are unexpectedly found celebrating the Sabbath, keeping kosher, practising circumcision and performing quintessentially Jewish rituals for centuries. To all intents and purposes they are Jewish. But would mainstream Jews ever accept them?

In FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH, Jewish Filmmaker and friend of the community, Gabrielle Zilkha, takes us through the inspirational story of a lost Jewish community on a journey to discover their Jewish identity while sharing her own quest to understand what really makes a person Jewish?

Speaking with a diverse array of Jewish thought-leaders, religious leaders and historians, Gabrielle uses the Sefwis’ story as an entry point to exploring the challenges and opportunities facing Jews and Judaism in the 21st century. FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH is a POV documentary by director Gabrielle Zilkha that takes us through the unparalleled story of an unexpected Jewish community struggling to advance their Jewish identity while sharing her own quest to understand what really makes a person Jewish?

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.

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.