The media exhibition “Operation Moses: 30 Years After” presents the story of the absorption of Ethiopian individuals and families in Israel, from Operation Moses to the present. The exhibition provides the stage of relating the stories of ten families documented in Beit Hatfutsot (Museum of the Jewish People)’s photos. It examines their lives from the time they were photographed until the present, using texts and short videos; referring to their struggles with displacement, emigration and absorption, and their reception by Israeli society.
The story in the exhibition is told from the perspective of those who personally experienced it all. The immigrants’ voices are heard from their vantage point. The exhibition reflects stories of the individuals who made their way to a new country, noting the lights and shadows of a long and complex process. Each story is accompanied by photographs, artifacts and a short film which in the interviewees are those who appear in the stills. They relate their personal accounts of what they experienced every step of the way from Ethiopia to Israel.
The curator of the exhibition, director and producer Orly Malessa, immigrated to Israel with her family in the framework of “Operation Moses”. Malessa holds a degree in Technological and Cultural Communications from Ben Gurion University. In 2011 Orly wrote her thesis on “Ehiopian Representation in Israeli Television Series”, for which she received an award of excellence. She produced and directed several feature films and documentaries.