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" We Set Out To Tell A Story, Unfortunately We Became The Story" - Rudy Rochman


Israeli Filmmakers 

" We Will Tell The Story Of Our Igbo Brothers ", Says Freed Israeli Filmmakers  

..... Proclaim Igbos As Thier" Jew Brothers."


Rudy Rochman, a pro-Israel activist, one of three Israeli filmmakers arrested in Nigeria, and later released after spending 20 days in detention, said the team would continue to work to tell the stories of oppressed Igbo tribe in Nigeria.

The Israeli filmmakers Rudy Rochman, Andrew (Noam) Leibman and Edouard David Benaym were released by the Nigerian secret service and were immediately sent back to Israel on Wednesday July 28, after being arrested and detained by the secret police while filming the  documentary 'We Were Never Lost', which aimed to explore the African Jewish experience.

Rochman, who recalled the incident in a Facebook post on Saturday, shared photos he said were taken days and nights before they were “abducted by the Nigerian DSS where they caged our team for 3 weeks, ultimately silencing our episode on the Igbo Jews for We Were Never Lost.”

He said; 

“We only managed to film for 2 days out of the 2 weeks planned in Igboland when armed militants wearing black ski masks forced us at gun point into a van, stripping us of our phones and passports. We didn't see the light of day or had any form of communication with the outside world till we were released 20 days later. 

“We set out to tell a story and unfortunately we became the story. Now that we are back it's important to reset and focus on the Igbo Jews who've faced what we went through their whole lives and still live with that reality daily. 

“Our team will pivot and an episode on the Igbos will be made. We are currently no longer allowed to enter Nigeria, but the story of our Igbo brothers and sisters there will be told.

“Many Igbos have reached out and apologized to our team for what we went through. To our Jewish Igbo family, it is not your fault! It is us who are sorry that our people did not reunite earlier.” 

Rochman further said that a video of their incarceration in Nigeria will be released in the coming days.

Nigerian secret police detained the three foreigners without charge of any crime

Meanwhile, the host of the three Israelis, Ima Lizben Agha, who was also arrested, on Wednesday evening, was still being held despite the release of the three filmmakers

Source : Oak Info 

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