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The Summer of Aviya  
The story of one summer in the life of a ten year old girl, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, during the first years of Israel's independence. It is a personal story, based on the life of Gila Almagor, writer/producer and star of the film. Aviya's mother had been a partisan fighter during the war, with a number tattooed on her arm; she walked the thin line between sanity and madness. Aviya had lived in orphanages most of her life. This was the summer she would return home. Starring Gila Almagor and Kaipo Cohen. Directed by Eli Cohen. 

"The emotionally powerful story... reveals the scars, both mental and physical, that Holocaust survivors brought with them to Israel."-American Historical Review 

Winner of the Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival 
Three Silver Menorah Awards, Israel 
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ISBN 1-56082-188-4
 
96 min., #525, Color, 1989, 
Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles, $39.95
 

 

Under the Domim Tree 
This powerful sequel to "The Summer of Aviya" focuses on a group of teenaged Holocaust survivors who by day seem to be normal teens, but as night falls, are haunted by their painful memories of past horrors. When life becomes unbearable, the teens find refuge under the beautiful Domim tree, the only place where they feel at peace. Eli Cohen masterfully directs an outstanding ensemble cast in this inspirational account of the hopes, dreams, and memories of a unique group of young people. Starring Gila Almagor, Kaipo Cohen and Juliano Mer. 
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102 min., #526, Color, 1996
 
Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles, $39.95
 


Noa At Seventeen
It is 1951 and Noa, a seventeen year old, struggles for personal autonomy as an ideological debate over the future of kibbutz socialism tears her family apart.  Should she finish high school or follow her youth movement friends to kibbutz?  Will Israel's labor movement follow Moscow blindly or turn its attention to the West?  This sophisticated allegory penetrates the very essence of the bond which fused the personal and the political in the early years of the State.  With Dalia Shimko, Idit Zur and Shmuel Shilo. Directed by Isaac Zepel Yeshurun.

"Yeshurun has drawn splendid performances from the leading players."-San Francisco Chronicle
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ISBN 1-56082-060-8
86 min., #535, Color, 1982,
Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles, $39.95



The Wooden Gun 
Set in the tense atmosphere of Tel Aviv of the 1950's, this incisive film focuses on two rival groups of pre-teens whose behavior, motivated by their interpretations of the concepts of heroism, nationalism and friendship, raise hard questions. Portrayed are Sabras (native-born Israelis), who are separated by a tremendous psychological gap from those who came to Israel from Europe, many of them Holocaust survivors. With Eric Rosen, Judith Sole and Leo Yung. Directed by Ilan Moshenson.

"The Wooden Gun succeeds where others fail.  It paints a realistic picture of Israel as it was."-Canadian Jewish News
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ISBN 1-56082-075-6

91 min., #529, Color, 1979,
Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles, $39.95

 

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