A documentary film series looking at the many faces of the Israeli social and cultural mosaic. Part three of a fall quarter debut of a look at Israeli documentary film: The Volunteers, written and directed by Mooly Landesman (2009)
"The Volunteers" is the story of youthful exuberance and the search for personal identity, coming together in this appealing documentary. In the 1960’s Israel was a young country under siege. The idealism of a new country and the romanticism of the kibbutz propelled many non-Jews to travel to Israel to work on kibbutzim. “The Volunteers” follows a group of European volunteers and their Israeli partners whose stories raise questions about the complexity of personal and national identity. The Volunteers” looks at the innocence of youth and some of the realities that emerge from couples who come from different backgrounds and met on kibbutz during this singular time. For example, one of the volunteers, Angelica, is a German daughter of a former Vermacht Soldier who carries the weight of her past while trying to raise her own family in modern day Israel. “The Volunteers” raises questions while providing a window into some of the intricacies of self expression.
Cost: Free and open to the public
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