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Re-emerging: The Jews Of Nigeria (2013)

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THE IGBO: JEWS OF NIGERIA? Several years ago, the Internet was introduced into the more rural parts of southeast Nigeria. As it has done for so many people around the world, it opened the eyes of a few young Igbo people and began answering some difficult questions of identity. For Shmuel (who was then called Sam), the nagging question he wanted answered was whether there was any truth to the long-told lore that the Igbo people were once Jews. He began by comparing Hebrew traditions to Igbo traditions, and what he found astounded him. The similarities were so convincing that it sent him off on a journey in the quest to find other Igbo who might be practicing Judaism. 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. (c) Quad Cinema

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December 12, 2013 | Full Review…

"Re-emerging" can be pedestrian as filmmaking, though it remains interesting as long as it remains in Nigeria.

May 16, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Re-emerging speaks for itself as an uplifting portrait of an exuberant subculture that doesn't just practice its faith - it revels in it.

May 16, 2013 | Full Review…
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Admirably, the film gives skeptics their say, however briefly. Yet in the face of the authenticity of Shmuel's faith, the evidence for or against the Judaic heritage of the Igbo is beside the point.

May 14, 2013 | Full Review…

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