A FAMILY SAGA
A history of a Jewish family whose origin might be in the bible (The Hebrew name “Shealtiel” is commonly translated as “asked of God.” It is first recorded in the Bible as the son’s name for the last king of Judea.)
The family reappears in the 11th century in Northern Spain in Barcelona and Gerona .From there the film traces the family spread throughout Europe, the United States and Israel and to the 1998 family reunion in Thessaloniki in Greece.
Much of the Shealtiel family remains Jewish, but it embraces individuals of all races, color, religious creed, and national origin.
Presently the Shealtiel family numbers are approximately 2,500 people within 600+ households residing in 30 nations and the family claims that they “are still finding more”.
Written and directed by Ilan Ziv
1999 Coproduction Ikon TV (Holland), BBC (UK) Channel 1 (Israel )