Yeganyahu Avishai Mekonen’s directing work includes the award-winning Video Flour, an hour-long documentary that follows the journey of two Ethiopian Israeli stand-up comedians as they produce a videotape of comic acts in Amharic, providing a critical glimpse of Ethiopian life in Israel.It was broadcast primetime on Israel’s Channel 1 and screened at many festivals in Israel, Europe, and the U.S., including the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Cinemateques, Haifa Jewish Film Festival, Makor, New Jersey Israel & Maine Jewish Film Festivals, and International Competition Documentary Festival, Czech Republic. He also directed Generations of a Family, Anchor and Hothouse, broadcast on Israel’s Channels 1 & 2; produced the internationally acclaimed documentary Menelik; assistant directed the dramatic feature Caravan 841; and has worked as a freelance sound recordist on many films. He has lectured on the subject of Ethiopian Jews in the U.S. and in Israel both independently and through the NY Israeli Consulate.

Segments of his current documentary film in progress, Judaism & Race, was part of the recent, “Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography” exhibition that originated at the Jewish Museum, NYC, and has traveled to the Skirball Museum, L.A. and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

He received a 2007-9 Six Points Fellowship for his photography
and sound project, Seven Generations. He holds a B.A. in
Fine Arts/Film from Tel Chai College of Haifa/Hebrew University.

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