This first feature length film made entirely by Israelis, sensitively
recreates the establishment of a nineteenth century settlement in Palestine
by ten Russian Jews. These early pioneers not only undertook the
tremendous task of building the land, but also had to contend with both
Arab resentment and the Turkish military. With Ninette, Oded Teomi
and Leo Filer. Directed by Baruch Dienar.
"A graphic and absorbing picture...the film has
a quality of fervor and authenticity."
-New York Times
105 min., #521, B&W, DVD, 1961
Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles, $39.95
Ben Gurion - An Appointment with Destiny
This newly restored feature length biography traces
the life of David Ben Gurion from his early childhood in Russia up until the
death of his beloved wife, Paula. Melville Mark's production is structured in the form of memory flashbacks as Ben Gurion
takes his daily walk in the desert. These flashbacks are made all the more exciting with
the use of authentic newsreel footage interspersed between dramatic sequences.
Highlights include pioneering days under the Ottoman Empire, the Declaration of the State
of Israel, the War of Independence, the consolidation of private armies into the Israel Defense Forces, the
controversial German Reparations Agreement and retirement to Kibbutz Sde Boker. This film
is a monumental testimony to the spirit and vision of Israels first Prime Minister.
Directed by Israel Prize Winner David Perlov.
103 min., #270, Color and B&W, DVD, 1968, $39.95