Children of the Sun | TIFF

Children of the Sun

Yaldei Hashemesh (Israel)

Directed by:
Ran Tal
Christoph Grissemann, Dirk Stermann, Heinz Strunk
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Children of the first kibbutzim in Israel were born in the early 20th century to youthful parents, full of hope. They have been called “Children of the Sun”, because they considered them children of the “Sun of Nations” Revolution in Israel. They were born into a utopia and were destined to become the “New Man”. They were educated in an ideological society that aspired to replace the traditional family with the collective one, to subjugate the will of the individual in favor of the common good and a life of equality. “Children of the Sun” tells the story of the journey in search of a society’s memory and the concepts that have passed from the world. The film is a collage comprised of over eighty amateur films. Rare footage that was shot at the kibbutzim between 1930 and 1970, rare recordings and conversations with family and friends. They create both a very personal and very public story, a form of super story about one of the most fascinating myths of the Zionist movement in the Land of Israel.

Awards & Festivals: Jerusalem 2007, Toronto 2007, Palm Springs 2007, 

Premiul întîi/First prize – Jerusalem 2007, David Camera Award for best documentary – Warsow Jewish Film Festival 2008