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Opening Today: Doc ‘Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria’ (NY’s Quad Cinema)

Opening Today: Doc 'Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria' (NY's Quad Cinema)

The intriguing documentary opens today at New York’s Quad Cinema (34 W 13th Street) on May 17 for a week-long engagement, with two shows daily at 1pm and 7pm. For tickets and more information go to the film’s web page at

Directed by Jeff Lieberman, journalist, producer and documentary filmmaker, RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria documents the lives of Igbo people who have embraced Judaism as a part of their legacy, and who believe Igbos are really descendants of Israelites.

The doc follows Sam, now known as Shmuel, on his quest for knowledge about Igbo identity and history – from Igbos’ roots in Israel, to their journey during the Atlantic Slave Trade, to the Nigerian-Biafran War.

The doc aims to reveal a rich Igbo history unbeknownst to African descendants all over the world, especially African Americans, many of whom are of Igbo ancestry.

Here’s more about the film:

“RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria” is a journey into the heart of Igboland and into the lives and culture of the Igbo people. The film introduces the world to the many synagogues that dot the land, and a handful of passionate, committed, and diverse characters — each striving to fulfill their historical legacy with few resources and unbeknownst to most of the world.  Individual stories are woven together with key facets of history, tracing the Igbo from Biblical times up to the brutal 1960s Biafran War, which killed over 1 million Igbo.  A wide range of American academics help detail this history, including shedding new light on the Igbo origins of thousands of slaves captured during the Atlantic Slave Trade and brought to American shores.  The film delves into this history and travels to the southeast coast of Georgia, where locals still speak of the Igbo spirit alive and well at a riverbed called Ibo Landing.

Watch the trailer below:

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Igbo people are not Hebrew/Jewish and we never have been.

Mix all these things together and you have room for the Igbo-Jewish myth to explode:

1) Colonization in Nigeria

2) The fact that an overwhelming majority of Nigerians are deeply religious – Christians, Muslims, or practicing Jews. You will find a minority of those who still practice traditional spirituality free of syncretization with the three "major" religions

3) Biafran War – in which Israel was considered an ally to Biafrans

4) A deeply religious people looking to place themselves somewhere in the bible or Torah at any cost. So much so that they will purposely twist the spelling, pronounciation and meaning of Igbo words.

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