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 rituals unlike any other around them for centuries. Thirty-five years ago they discovered that these customs were actually part of a major global religion: Judaism. They also discovered that they weren’t alone: millions of people around the world belonged to 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.

In FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH, Jewish Filmmaker and friend of the community, Gabrielle Zilkha, takes us through the inspirational story of this 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 complexity of the Jewish identity in the 21st century. In the end, the film asks whether the Sefwis, having formed their Judaism in isolation from the shared history of the Jewish people, could hold the answers to the true essence of what it means to be 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.