The families of three Israeli filmmakers who have been arrested in the South East for having ties with the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) have denied such claims.
You could recall that it was reported that the DSS arrested Israeli filmmakers, Rudy Rochman, Andrew (Noam) Leibman, and Edouard David Benaym after the alarm was blown that they had some association with the IPOB.
The families of the filmmakers have since reacted as they have released a statement to refute the wild allegations against them.
The statement read: “On July 9th, Rudy, Andrew, and Edouard David were detained by the Nigerian Department of State Services (DSS), which continues to hold the three filmmakers in its custody.
“Rudy, Andrew, and others have been working for over a year to create a documentary series titled, “We Were Never Lost” (www.wewereneverlost.com). The series is designed to educate viewers about the religious and cultural experiences of lesser-known Jewish communities. Their goal is to interview members of Jewish communities across multiple African countries, along with Jewish communities in China, India, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
“The filmmaking team selected Nigeria as the first filming destination, and Edouard David joined the team to assist with production. Nigeria was selected because it has a large and diverse population, a stable political and economic environment, and the infrastructure that would allow the film crew to travel efficiently to various cities throughout the county.
“This documentary is not intended to make any political statements about the countries in which filming will take place, nor does the filmmaking team endorse any political movements. The team is simply there to observe the communities, learn about their experiences with Judaism, and explain some of the documentary filmmaking process to those involved with the production. The filmmaking crew acts as a guest visiting the country and its various communities – there are no political overtones.
“The filmmaking crew thought it would be a nice gesture to bring several gifts with cultural symbolism to the communities it planned to visit. In Judaism, it is considered a good deed to give the gift of a Torah, which is the Hebrew Bible from which Jewish communities around the world read their scripture. As such, one of the gifts that the filmmakers brought was a Torah that they intended to give to a Nigerian community.