Children of the Sun

Growing up in the Kibbutz, told by the first generation of children

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Israeli Society Anthropology

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 favour 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.
The tapestry of rare materials from which the film is compiled creates 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..

A film by Ran Tal

REVIEWS

A Mosaic of Mibbutz Memories
Haaretz
"Children of the Sun" shines
Jerusalem Post

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AWARDS

Audience Award  – Israfest Festival, NY, 2008
Grand Prix  – The 6th Warsaw International jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2008
Best Best Documentary Award  - The 6th Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2008
Best Sound  – The 6th Warsaw international Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2008
Best Documentary  – The Israeli Academy Awards, 2008
FIAT Award for Best Use Archival Footage , 2008
Best Documentary  – The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
Best Directing  – The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
Best Production  – The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
Best Editing  – The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
Best Original Score  – The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
Best Sound  – The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
Best Research  – The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
Walgin Award for Best Documentary Film  – The Jerusalem Film Festival, 2007
Best Editing Award  - The Jerusalem Film Festival, 2007
The Audio Visual Award  - The Jerusalem Film Festival, 2007

Not only a brilliant movie and executed so beautifully, but also a movie that deals with the history of the beauty of shattered dreams. - Yoram Kaniuk

Director: Ran Tal

Production: Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Ran Tal

Editing: Ron Goldman

Script: Ran Tal, Ron Goldman

Original Score: Avi Belleli

Sound Design: Alex Claude

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