FRISCO KID meets PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT. On a road trip like no other ultra-Orthodox Chassidic Rabbis hit the Aussie bush looking for ‘lost Jews’. Dressed in black suits and fedora hats, the OUTBACK RABBIS embark on a journey filled with surprising and emotional encounters with Aussie outback characters and laced with Jewish wit, music and culture.
Leaving the comfort of Melbourne Jewish life, two Rabbis and their families are heading into the heart of Australia. They travel the country in a campervan emblazoned with their Jewish mission, rattling into remote Aussie towns in their search for Jews. The campervan is affectionately named the ‘Tank’ as these Rabbis see themselves as part of God’s Army.
The Rabbis are members of Chabad, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Chassidic Jews. CHABAD of RARA (Remote and Regional Australia) is an organisation devoted to travelling the country to search for and minister to Jews. The RARA mission is to reconnect Jews with Judaism and to ensure ‘No Jew gets left behind’. From lush islands and rainforest in North Queensland to Uluru and the Red Centre, the road trip travels to some of the most spectacular sights in Australia.
This colourful documentary is humorous and touching as it reveals the stories of men on a mission, Jews in unlikely places, and the broader community of rural and regional Australia. OUTBACK RABBIS takes us into the remotest corners of Australia and the hidden world of the Australian Jewish community in the bush.
Watch the trailer.
Australia’s leading TV r=guide, ‘The Green Guide’ in Melbourne’s ‘The Age” and the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ reviewed OUTBACK RABBIS as “brilliant” and selected it “pick of the week” on free to air TV. Read the review here
Broadcast 23 May 2018 at 8.30pm as part of their ‘Untold Australia’ series on SBS.
The film had its overseas premiere at the Miami Jewish Film Festival in January 2019 and is now available for film festivals worldwide.
It is directed by Identity Films Danny Ben-Moshe and produced by Unicorn Films.