Directed By: Bazi Gete /
Israel / 2014 / Hebrew (English Subtitles)
Fiction / Drama
Original Title: עלים אדומים
Original Language: Hebrew and Amharic
Meseganio Tadela, 74, is a hard, obstinate, and nervous man. He immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, he is afraid of dying and being alone.
Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children’s homes. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture. The harsh reality hits him in the face. Having come to know some of life’s new realities, he tries to survive according to his own ways.
“A Fantastic New Film About Ethiopians in Israel”
“Beautifully acted and carefully written, it shows a side of Israel that doesn’t make it to the big screen much”
“A great introduction to the growing disillusion
with the Israeli ‘melting pot’ ”
Yael Even Or, Africa is a Country
“… a rare and realistic look into the lives of Israeli-Ethiopians…with a plot line inspired by the classic King Lear, Red Leaves’ look into Ethiopian-Jews lives in Israel allows the viewer to start and unpack the complicated situation in which the community struggles these days….a great introduction to the growing disillusion with the Israeli ‘melting pot.’ “, article by Yael Even Or, Africa is a Country (http://africasacountry.com/)
Article: New film Red Leaves’ timely depiction of the Ethiopian-Israeli struggle
Article: A Fantastic New Film About Ethiopians in Israel, Jewniverse