Turn Left at the End of the World (2004)

Set at the end of the 1960’s, this movie, which was a great success in Israel, portrays the travails of the Northern African immigrants who were sent to dilapidated towns “at the end of the world” as Israel struggled to settled the masses arriving at its borders.  Uprooted from their native lands, having lost their former social and familial structures, and struggling to raise children in a society they themselves do not understand, the characters in this gorgeous movie struggle to find love, meaning and the prospect of a better future.  An honest, charming and sad look at the story of Israel’s Northern African immigrants, now a defining portion of our political and social map.

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About Daniel Gordis

Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism.

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