Stranger in Zion

Politics, Religion, World Affairs, Middle East, Jewish Highlights, Jewish Film, Israel, Drama, Civil Rights
Ben Grayzel
41 minutes


Release year: 2020
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Documentary, Short



Taglit Birthright has sent over 700,000 young diaspora Jews to Israel. Stranger in Zion tells the story of one of them, but also tells a much larger story: the rocky relationship forming these days between Israel and diaspora Jewry. Ben, a young secular North American Jew's pilgrimage to the holy land is in search of identity in the age of cosmopolitanism; he crosses over to meet the other and is exposed first hand to the hardcore settler movement's effects on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. A grandson of a Holocaust survivor, Ben is conflicted between his support of Israel and his criticism of its policies; Taglit Birthright has not prepared him for this.
Stranger in Zion is a brave and candid personal essay of a young American student.


Ben Grayzel is a documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver British Columbia. He directs Olam Films, a production studio making documentary-style content for non-profits and ethical businesses. Ben hopes to use the medium of film to affect change in the world to promote human rights and environmental stewardship.

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