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When Private Meets Public in Israeli Documentary Films

HEST 240
Spring 2015
Section: 01  
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies

Israeli documentary films reflect freedom of speech and democracy, but it wasn't always the case. The films that Israeli filmmakers were commissioned to create in the very early 50's had to reflect the official voice of the Israeli establishment. There was no room but to serve the cause of building a nation in a state that had just been established. 1967 marked the beginning of a new era when for the first time the Israeli public broadcaster was on air, yet some daring films that were made back then were censored and have never been shown. Modernist documentary filmmaking of filmmakers David Perlov and David Greenberg opened the field to various voices and when the 1973 war broke the consensus in the Israeli society fell apart and critical and radical documentaries started to be produced. The major revision happened when Channel 2 was licensed and the New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and TV was founded. Both paved the road for individual voices that could, from then on, tell very personal stories (no longer serving the establishment) and deconstruct controversial social and cultural subject matters.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RELI
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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