Israel: A Home Movie

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  • Summary: A collections of 8mm home movies, hundreds of boxes of film rolls from forgotten basements, locked drawers, damp crates, and attics, containing countless hours that tell the story of Israel from the beginning of the twentieth century.
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  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 10, 2013
    This striking cinematic collage provides a hauntingly personal perspective on a country that has been wracked by strife from its very beginnings.
  2. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Jul 4, 2013
    A prismatic meditation on an entire nation, Eliav Lilti's documentary is history as abstraction.
  3. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Jul 10, 2013
    These mostly silent home movies often have the tug of nostalgia, especially those that show domestic life... But images can be slippery, showing something different from what their creators intended. Even as Mr. Lilti constructs a history...he seems to show its fissures.
  4. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jul 10, 2013
    Israel’s most interesting — and revealing — footage tends to be the most candid: beach-goers in the ’30s, scenes from family gatherings and celebrations, a coke-fueled celebrity wedding in the ’70s. The commentary gimmick justifies itself in these stretches.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 10, 2013
    There’s a matter-of-factness to Israel: A Home Movie that’s disquieting, as it shows the joy and determination of a nation in the making, and the dismayed faces of those elbowed aside.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 9, 2013
    What Lilti’s cinematic mural does is remind us that the political is always personal—and in Israel’s case, vise versa.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 11, 2013
    Ultimately, this film reveals the Israeli self-image, but not much more. The people with the cameras pass by Arab neighbors, and what the Palestinians’ home movies might look like remains unexplored.

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