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ISRAEL: A HOME MOVIE

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CREATED AND PRODUCED BY ARIK BERNSTEIN
DIRECTED BY ELIAV LILTI

Why is it that home-movie footage, usually taken at celebratory events (birthdays, weddings, bar mitzvahs, summer holidays, Christmas), may evoke profound sadness when viewed in retrospect.? Susan Sontag wrote brilliantly on the nature of photography: that it freezes a moment which is instantly no more, that it captures the transitory, allowing us to consider its fate. ISRAEL: A HOME MOVIE performs this role for an entire nation. Arik Bernstein assembles amateur movie footage from the 1930s through the 1970s: from Romanian refugees dancing on the decks of boats as they arrive in then-Palestine, to postwar Europeans complaining of a “barbarian land,” to celebratory Israelis in 1968 proclaiming victory in “the last war,” to those in the ‘70s who founded settlements in the occupied territories.  In the course of one movie, Israel goes from a young, optimistic nation to one in which the realities of middle-age settle in. As early as the late 1970s, one feels that tragedy has become the norm, that life inevitably leads to death and that – in Israel as we have known it – peace inevitably leads to war. 

ISRAEL • 2012 • 93 MINS. • IN HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • ALMA FILMS

ISRAEL: A HOME MOVIE

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“Home movies recorded by many different Israelis, of many backgrounds and political viewpoints, from the 1930s to the 1970s... Somehow they add up to the story of a country: pained, hopeful, infuriating, and heartbreaking.”
– Stuart Klawans, The Nation

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