Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana (2016)

Director, Co-Producer, Writer

Cross-Platform Documentary - 84 mins & 45 mins 

Four Corners Productions Inc., Vision TV

“Highly recommended.”

- John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

“…a fascinating , engaging and inspiring story of Jewish renewal”

- Bernard Starr, The Huffington Post

When Gabrielle Zilkha, a Canadian filmmaker working in Accra, Ghana, gets a call from her mother telling her that she’s found Jews for her to celebrate Rosh-Hashanah with, she sets off across the country to find the tiny but vibrant Sefwi Jewish community. Filming over the course of five years, Zilkha observes this small African Jewish community’s efforts to develop and strengthen its identity. She brings us along on her journey to better understand what it means to belong to the Jewish people and why some people’s Judaism is questioned while that of others is taken at face value.

This personal documentary is a warm, fascinating and often humorous study of identity and connection - shedding light on what it means to belong to the Jewish people.

© 2017 Gabrielle Zilkha