• Production: Amir Feingold, Bruno Nahon, Félicie Roblin, Paul Rozenberg
  • Starring: Naftali Alter, Mohammed Bakri, Haim Bouzaglo
  • Distributed By: Kino Lorber, Zadig Productions, Arte France Cinema, Feingold Productions, United King Films, Centre National de la Cinematographie, Rabinovich Film Fund Cinema Project, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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A History of Israeli Cinema (Part 1)

Documentary | 2009 |
Directed by: Raphaël Nadjari

According to filmmaker Raphaël Nadjari, Israeli cinema has gone through two stages. The first, from 1933-1978, began with the nature of Zionism and exaultation of the Israeli endeavor in Palestine and ended in a more personal study of the Ashkenazi psyche. The second stage, from 1978-2005, was defined by a greater diversity of topics as filmmakers tackled everything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the contradictions of modern life. A HISTORY OF ISRAELI CINEMA tells the story of the building of a gaze on a society torn by ethnics, religious, and political conflicts. It attempts to understand, to denounce, and to explore these complex subjects, always searching for the right ethic, the right form. A History of Israeli Cinema is the result of years of research, studies, documentation, screening, and interviews. Actors, thinkers, producers, filmmakers, professors, and critics worked to build a narrative that remains fragile and incomplete. It is the process rather than the result that is shared here.

For more information visit the Israel Film Center


Critical Acclaim

Award-winning filmmaker Raphaël Nadjari (Tehilim, SFJFF 2008) weaves together in-depth research and extraordinary film clips spanning more than 60 years to give us a kaleidoscopic visual retelling of the history of a national cinema. Dividing his film chronologically, Nadjari has crafted an assemblage of fascinating interviews with leading Israeli actors, producers, film critics, scholars and filmmakers, laced with film sequences spanning early silent films to the present-day renaissance of the Israeli film industry. Part One begins in 1933 with visions of the Zionist dream and takes us to 1978, when themes of memory and loss share the spotlight. The second part, from 1978 to 2005, vibrantly depicts the wave of political films from the 1980s contrasted to the more personal cinema of today. Interviewees include Amos Gitai, Joseph Cedar, Avi Mograbi, Yehuda Ne’eman, Menachem Golan, Moshe Ivgy, Ronit Elkabetz and Zeev Revach. A “must see” for any fan of Israeli cinema and a fabulous introduction for the uninitiated.  —Janis Plotkin, Mill Valley Film Festival

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