In Search of Bene Israel

In the 1930's, filmmaker and author Sadia Shepard's Indian Jewish grandmother eloped with her Muslim grandfather and migrated from India to Pakistan and later, to the United States. Seventy-five years later, Shepard embarked on a journey to research and reconnect with the way of life her grandmother left behind. In her acclaimed memoir The Girl from Foreign, Shepard tells the story of her journey to document the Bene Israel, a shrinking community of Jews which believes that it was shipwrecked in India 2000 years ago. In Search of the Bene Israel is a documentary film in which she seeks to understand her grandmother’s history and the future of the 3500 Bene Israel who remain in India.

36 minutes

Shown at

  1. 23rd Annual Southwest Florida Jewish Film Festival - 2011

2 Responses

  1. wayne says:

    I would like a copy of this video. Been trying for months. pls help., (yes, I have tried Sadia’s website. thanks.

    • jewishfilmfests says:

      Unfortunately I don’t know where/how you can get a copy of it. Maybe it will come out streaming within a year or two.

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