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Jewish Filmmakers Ready To Release Movie Titled “20 Days Captive In Nigeria”, Detailing Ugly Experiences With DSS |RN

The three Jewish filmmakers illegally imprisoned in Nigeria by DSS for their association with Igbo Biafrans

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

Isreali filmmakers that were arrested and detained in Nigeria by the Department of Security Services (DSS) for 20 days over allegation of having affiliation with the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist movement seeking for the independence of the old Eastern region in Nigeria, are set to release a movie tittled, ‘20 days captive in Nigeria’.

The movie will depict how the Israeli filmmakers were arrested and detained for 20 days by the Department Of State Security Service, DSS, upon their arrival in the country for a documentary project.

The Israelis during their detention by the secret police according to Times of Israel, were in Nigeria to film “We Were Never Lost,” a documentary exploring Jewish communities in African countries such as Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and Nigeria.

Though, one of the family members of the men stressed to the Times of Israel that the allegations were entirely unfounded, and that separatist social media accounts took advantage of the Israelis’ trip to claim that the three were supporting Biafra separatist groups.

However, after some diplomatic fireworks from the Israeli High Commission in Nigeria, the trio were released without any charges filed against them.

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Nigeria DSS Arrest 3 Israeli Filmmakers Investigating Igbo-Jewish Ancestry In Anambra For Associating With IPOB Members |RN

Israeli filmmakers with Igbo Jewish religion family

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

Three Israelis shooting a documentary in Anambra State southeast Nigeria were arrested last week, the Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday.

According to media reports, Nigerian authorities arrested and interrogated the trio on suspicion that they had come into contact with Biafran separatists, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.


The Israeli Embassy in Abuja is following the case closely and is in contact with Nigerian authorities, according to the Foreign Ministry.

One of the Israelis arrested is Rudy Rochman, a Zionist activist with almost 95,000 followers on Instagram. Making the flight with him were filmmaker Noam Leibman and French-Israeli journalist E. David Benaym.

The Israelis were in Nigeria to film “We Were Never Lost,” a documentary exploring Jewish communities in African countries such as Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and Nigeria.

They took off from Ben Gurion Airport on July 5 and landed in Nigeria the next day.

Tribes of Israel X Shiviti Menorah custom piece created by @thejerusalemscribe and inspired by @wewereneverlost.We…

According to locals, the crew was detained at a synagogue during Friday night services in the Igbo village of Ogidi by Nigeria’s secret police and taken to Abuja.

The filmmakers were aware of the political sensitivity surrounding the filming of the Igbo community. Last Thursday, the We Were Never Lost Facebook page stressed: “We do not take any position on political movements as we are not here as politicians nor as a part of any governmental delegations.”

The group met last week with Igbo leader Eze Chukwuemeka Eri and presented him with a framed Shiviti made in Jerusalem.

Honored by Igbo King Eze Chukwuemeka Eri and invited to his palace. I presented him a gift from Israel, a shiviti…

Rochman also presented another Igbo community with a Torah scroll whose cover was designed by British-Israeli street artist Solomon Souza.

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