This moving documentary follows a group of Israeli adolescents, mostly born in Ethiopia, on a life-changing journey. The picturesque valley of the Ethiopian region of Gondar becomes the scene of remarkable discoveries as these children reunite with their past, each undergoing a personal transformation. This journey, the climax of a year long leadership program, turns a group of peers into brother, and young adolescents into family, as they experience moments of joy and disappointment, and discover shared values, hopes and dreams. For Uri, Yanesau, Yuri and the rest, life from the point onward will never be the same. The Name my Mother Gave Me grapples with universal questions of personal identity and belonging through the particular story of these young Israelis, as they confront their past and move forward, each taking a giant leap of faith.
Director/Producer: Eli Tal-El Co-Production: IBA Channel One
With the support of the Avi Chai Foundation
Chief Editor: Ami Drozd Research: Elaine Matlow Tal-El
Script: Elaine Matlow Tal-El, Ami Drozd
World Sales: Ruth Diskin Films, LTD
“The Name My Mother Gave Me ” premiered at the Jewish Film Festival in Jerusalem, December 18th, 2008 and was screened on IBA Channel 1- Israel TV in February 2009; Appeared at the Sheba Film Festival in New York in May 2009.