About this project
For centuries, a community located in a rural and remote area of Ghana known as the Sefwis, have been practicing a religion unique to any of those around them. Only in the last twenty years, did they discover that the religion they’ve been following all this time was Judaism. They also discovered something even more profound: They weren’t alone. Millions of people around the globe were following the very same religion.
From the Four Corners of the Earth takes us through the Sefwis’ journey of self-discovery – not just the journey of their past, but the journey they are about to embark on: their very first trip to Israel.
WE ARE NOW FUNDRAISING FOR OUR FIRST PHASE OF PRODUCTION IN GHANA
TODAY, WE'RE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO HELP US SHOOT OUR FIRST PHASE OF PRODUCTION IN GHANA IN EARLY 2013.
Our first phase of production will focus on the Sefwis' telling their story - their journey of discovering their Jewish roots. It will also paint a vivid picture of their life today. We will explore how Judaism has shaped who they are, their understanding of the world and their place within it.
We will have a small 2-person crew on this phase of production which will take place over 3 weeks.
Our first phase of production also includes key interviews with experts in African Jewish history and past visitors to the Sefwi Wiawso community.
A TRANSMEDIA APPROACH TO STORYTELLING
Using the tools of 21st century storytelling, we seek to enhance the creation of our stand-alone documentary film by employing techniques that use 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.
Currently, we are looking to provide members of the Sefwi community with video-enabled smartphones and enable them to post their own video diaries online. If you are able to donate an old smartphone - please contact us!
THIS IS NOT JUST A DOCUMENTARY. THIS IS A HISTORIC JOURNEY. AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF MAKING IT HAPPEN.
With your support, not only can we shed light on this inspiring but little-known part of Jewish history, we can also fulfill the Sefwis' dream of connecting with the birthplace of their religion: Israel. For most of the community, this will be their first time ever stepping foot outside of Ghana.
- Gabrielle Zilkha - Executive Producer + Director
- John Canning - Field Producer + Director of Photography
- Jenn Mason - Producer + Production Manager
- Ann Greenberg - Transmedia Producer
- Alex Armah - Associate Producer + Production Coordinator in Ghana
- Jordan Nahmias - Associate Producer + Legal Counsel
From the Four Corners of the Earth is not just a Jewish story or an African story. It’s a profoundly human story. Our human need to belong drives us to find and connect with one another. It’s a need so strong that it shrinks the distance between nations, between cultures, between people.
It is our intent with this project to tell a story about a shrinking world: a world made smaller by people focusing on those things that bring them together rather than those things that push them apart.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges we face on this first phase of production in Ghana are quite minimal and strictly those associated with any low-budget production: travel or medical issues, equipment damage, emergencies etc.
Both travelling crew members (Gabrielle and John) have experience living and working in Ghana and are prepared for the problems we are likely to face. We also have a contingency in our budget for emergencies.
Another challenge we face on our production is that of the language barrier. Most of our friends in Sefwi Wiawso speak English - however, some speak it with greater ease than others. As such we will be conducting some of our interviews in the native language of the Sefwis (known as "Sefwi") or in the popular Ghanaian language Twi. With several members of the Sefwi Wiawso community actively involved on the film production, and the assistance of a hired translator - we believe we can overcome the language barriers we will face in production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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