Seventy years have passed since the leaders of the young nation gathered at the home of Meir Dizengoff on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv and signed the Declaration of Independence. The state text, that gave expression to the Jewish and universal values on which the state will be established, is examined today through young eyes. Through the scroll’s various sentences, that shaped the vision of the state at its inception and gave expression to the history of the Jewish people, we sought to draw a contemporary profile of the State of Israel in 2018. 70 years later, we have chosen to examine the seam between the vision and reality, and to relate cinematically to the two layers; The vision of the state and the historical expression of the Jewish people.
The series covers a variety of topics taken from the scroll’s values and expresses basic values in the identity of Israeli society. The films present stories that deal with the social issues engraved in the values of the Declaration of Independence. Among them: relations between religion and state, immigration absorption, equal rights and civil rights in Israel.
“70 Years Later” is the ninth series produced by the social documentary project at Tel Aviv University’s Steve Tisch School of Film and Television. The series is composed of 8 films directed by the department’s undergraduate and graduate students, in pursuit of creating personal, honest, and high quality documentary work.
The project was produced by Gaudemus in collaboration with HOT’s Channel 8 and the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts.
Lea Wald, was born under the name Liza Tesler, in Dorohoi, Romania. In 1941, when the Pogroms in Romania began, Lea and her family were forced to leave to a work camp. “Liza’le” is a small story from the journey of Lea and her escape from camp when she was only 6 years old.
Osher finds a picture of his mother, Sara, almost bald, hiding behind the other photographed characters everyone. He is out to investigate what is the meaning of that picture. His mother, Sara, don’t want to talk about her trauma as a little girl. In his research, he finds out that it is a national calamity. Osher writes a scene according to his study and invite his mother to watch and maybe to cure his and her trauma.
Ben Gurion’s tomb is never empty of visitors. Existential questions along with bits of information are heard by the grave. Kids and elderly, religious and secular, Israelis and tourists from afar, all of them complete the story of the great leader.
Teshome, a refugee staying in Holot Destination Center, received a video camera and he is documenting his time there. all the absurd, boring, funny and despairing moments.
Tania, a Moldovan immigrant, works as a modalist in “Mini Israel” park since its opening. Through her intersections with the small country she’s created, a question arises: what does it mean to be an Israeli?
At the age of 94, Prof. Uzi Ornan who, at the end of the thirteenths’, was one of the founders of the Canaanite Group, and, at the beginning of the fifteenths, started the League for the Prevention of Religious Compulsion, is continuing his lifelong ongoing struggles for upholding the Secular and Democratic image of the State of Israel with his last endeavor to establish and secure Civil Burial rights where he lives.
The singer Korin Allal observes the Scroll of Ecclesiastes and through this process, she reexamines her past and her connection to Israel. This is a personal portrait assembled of moments from her daily life and of her own social and personal insights that have been shaped by reading Ecclesiastes.
In the middle of the Tel Aviv bubble, a ceremony takes place every day, with hundreds of foreign citizens waiting to enter the immigration office- their gateway to a better life. Only a few will enter. The rest will spend another frustrating night, waiting for the next door opening.