2019. Boots on the Ground Theater, Inc. Cocoa, FL

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“In the past five years, across 12 EU member states where Jews have been living for centuries, more than one third say that they consider emigrating because they no longer feel safe as Jews.”
Michael O'Flaherty,
Director of the
European Union Fundamental Rights Agency

ALIYAH is an experimental documentary that combines original choreography, newly composed music, and hundreds of hours of on the ground interviews, all to answer the question; why are Jewish people leaving Ukraine?

 

Jewish history in Ukraine is marked with persecution and intolerance. From the massacre of Jewish populations in the 7th century, the death of 1 million Jewish Ukrainians during WWII, to the 34,000 murdered in two days at Babi Yar; Jewish people have endured tremendous suffering.

 

Today with antisemitism at a comparable low in Ukraine, why are Jewish populations still trying to leave the country?

 

The ALIYAH script is pulled directly from interviews done in Ukraine in 2018 and after years of repression, finally the stories of Ukrainian people are coming to the light.

 

ALIYAH is designed to inspire activism by bringing the first-hand accounts of emigration, intolerance, and resiliency of Jewish Ukrainians to life. Through partnerships with international aid organizations, ALIYAH supplies each of its viewers with real-life action plans to advocate for Jewish Ukrainians living right now.

 

Will you make sure people hear their story?

 

Having wrapped the ALIYAH Short in early November 2019, Boots on the Ground Theater is eager to move into production for the feature film. While the short examines a single story of a refugee who is looking to make a better life for her child, the ALIYAH feature runs the gamut of Jewish Ukrainian’s tumultuous history and the current barriers of immigration.