Sheba Film Festival – The Two Zions
English, Amharic, and Hebrew with English
The documentary, “Two Zions:The Living Legacy of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon,”
Tells the story of people from two seemingly disparate countries who share a bond originating in
The designation of Zion is a powerful symbol of freedom, peace and unity for Jews
and Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. During the synagogue services Jews face
towards Zion in Jerusalem and recite the prayers for the rebuilding of the Holy
Temple, the restoration of the Temple service and the coming of the Messiah. In
Ethiopian Orthodox tradition the “Two Zions” refers to the original birthplaces of
the world and humankind; in Axum as well as in Jerusalem. According to the “Kebre
Negast” narrative revered by the Ethiopian Church, the glory of Zion was transferred
from Jerusalem to Ethiopia in the time of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba c.
Through a strong belief in their historical legacy and in Zion, Ethiopian Jews and
Orthodox Christians continue to observe a parallel spiritual and cultural lifestyle.
By documenting this unique bond we are introducing our viewers to the shared
legacy of two peoples and two faiths that has continued for more than 2500 years.
This is a legacy that will continue to inspire until the glory of the “Two Zions” is
restored by God.
Film screening Tuesday, June 5th at 8pm
Q&A with film Director