2016 / 18 minutes

Directed by
Qihui Wu
Country of production
United States

Responding to systematic racism and historical erasure, the African diapora has developed a multitude of tactics for mitigating oppressive ideological conditions. Among them, the Hebrew Israelite church identifies the African diaspora as the lineal descendants of Hebrew Israelites because they believe that the enslavement of the Israelites in Egypt prophesies the Atlantic slave trade. Through a Cinéma vérité on the daily activity of the churchgoers in a Hebrew Israelite church, The Israel of God, in the south side of Chicago, the film Chosen People provides a poignant and subtle meditation on relations among history, memory and identity.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest
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