Ben Gurion - An Appointment with Destiny
This newly-restored feature length biography traces
the life of David Ben Gurion from is early childhood in Russia up until the death of his
beloved wife, Paula. Melville Mark's production is structured in the form of memory flashbacks as Ben Gurion
takes his daily walk in the desert. These flashbacks are made all the more exciting with
the use of authentic newsreel footage interspersed between dramatic sequences.
Highlights include pioneering days under the Ottoman Empire, the Declaration of the State
of Israel, the War of Independence, the consolidation of private armies into the Israel Defense Forces, the
controversial German Reparations Agreement and retirement to Kibbutz Sde Boker. This film
is a monumental testimony to the spirit and vision of Israels first Prime Minister.
Directed by Israel Prize Winner David Perlov.
103 min., #270, DVD, Color and B&W, $39.95
Dayan, one of Israel's most outstanding yet controversial leaders,
went from being perceived as Israel's greatest military hero to one held
accountable for Israel's lack of preparedness in the Yom Kippur War. This
documentary, utilizing rare film footage, traces Dayan's childhood, his
military service and rise to Israel's leadership, his fall from power,
and the critical role he played in starting the peace process that brought
Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem.
50 min., #913, DVD, Color, $29.95
Begin: To Conquer the Mountain or Die
This biography is not merely about the life of Menachem Begin, it is
truly a history of the State of Israel- from its painful birth pangs through
its most controversial conflict- the War in Lebanon. At the center
of the documentary is the untold story of one of Israel's most dedicated,
yet controversial figures- Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Through
interviews with those closest to him, including Prime Minister Yitzchak
Shamir and Begin's chief personal aide, we gain insight into his philosophy,
his ideology and his great love for the Jewish people.
56 min., #201, DVD, Color, $29.95
Century of Teddy Kollek
This video traces the life and achievements of Teddy Kollek, mayor of
Jerusalem from 1965-1993, who developed Jerusalem from a small divided
town into a thriving modern capital. Teddy's personal history as
a Jewish activist goes back to his childhood in Vienna, where under the
shadow of Nazism, he left for Palestine in 1935. This profile, by Willy
is of a unique man whose passion and determination helped shape
the State of Israel and Jerusalem.
60 min., #260, DVD, Color, $29.95