Children of the first kibbutzim in Israel were born in the early 20 th 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 eutopia and were destined to become the “New Man”. They were educated in a ideological society that aspired to replace the traditional family with the collective one, to subjugate the will of the individual in favor 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.


Children of the Sun

Doc, 70 minutes, 2007

Written by: Ran Tal & Ron Goldman
Directed by: Ran Tal
Produced by: Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Ran Tal – Lama Films
Sponsored by: ITVS International, USA; Yes Docu, The Rich Foundation, Rabinovich Foundation – Cinema Project, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund

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Synopsis


Children of the first kibbutzim in Israel were born in the early 20 th 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 eutopia and were destined to become the “New Man”. They were educated in a ideological society that aspired to replace the traditional family with the collective one, to subjugate the will of the individual in favor 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...

Awards

  • Audience Award – Israfest Film Festival, NY, 2008
  • Grand Prix – The 6th Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2008
  • Best Documentary Award – The 6th Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2008

Festivals

  • Olomouc Jewish Film Series, Czech Republic, 2016
  • Temple Sinai Oakland, California
  • Congregation Beth Am, USA, 2012
  • Israeli Cultural Center, Beverly Hills, LA 2011

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Festivals

  • Olomouc Jewish Film Series, Czech Republic, 2016
  • Temple Sinai Oakland, California
  • Congregation Beth Am, USA, 2012
  • Israeli Cultural Center, Beverly Hills, LA 2011
  • Culturescapes Showcase, Switzerland, 2011
  • Stockholm Israeli Film Week, Sweden, 2010
  • De Hague Israeli Film Week, The Netherlands, 2010
  • Copenhagen Israeli Film Week, Denmark, 2010
  • Transylvania Int'l Film Festival, 2010
  • Sao Paulo Israeli Film Festival, Brazil, 2009
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA, 2009
  • Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009
  • Winnipeg Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2009
  • Detroit Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009
  • Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009
  • Pitigliani Kolono'a Film Festival, Italy, 2008
  • Temple Emeth, Brookline, USA, 2009
  • Hillel at San Francisco, USA, 2008
  • Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2008
  • Festival of Jewish Cinema, Australia, 2008
  • Nashville Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Kehilath Jeshurun Congregation, USA, 2008
  • Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, USA, 2008
  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Germany, 2008
  • Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Maryland Jewish Museum, USA, 2008
  • Forum of Israeli Cinema, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2008
  • Rochester Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Israfest Film Festival, LA, 2008
  • Input Int'l Conference, South Africa, 2008
  • Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival, 2008
  • Istanbul Int'l Film Festival, Turkey, 2008
  • Memorial Museum of Holocaust, Paris, 2008
  • The Israeli Showcase, UK, 2008
  • La Famis Film School, France, 2008
  • L.A. Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Palm Beach Film International Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • San Francisco Golden Gates International Film Festival, USA
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2008
  • Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2008
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • JCC of Greater Washington, USA, 2008
  • Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston NJ, 2008
  • The National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis, 2008
  • JCC Berlington, USA, 2008
  • Ocean County Jewish Federation, USA, 2008
  • Jacob Burns Film Center, USA, 2008
  • Seattle Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Brandeis Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, 2007
  • Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, 2007
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival – The Wolgin Award Competition, 2007

Educational

  • Michigan State University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Gratz College
  • Indiana University
  • Rutgers University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Chicago
  • Info Forum, Israel
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Baltimore Center for Jewish Education
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • UC Berkeley
  • University of Denver
  • UCLA
  • Oberlin College
  • University of Toronto
  • BJE Jewish Community Library
  • Richard Campus Library
  • Ohio State University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of St. Louis
  • Colorado College
  • Michigan State University
  • Library of Congress
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Columbia University
  • AJS Conference, 2008
  • NYU
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Fairfield
  • Ramaz High School
  • Temple Sinai Library
  • New Haven JCC Library
  • Adath Israel Library, USA
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Wellesley College
  • University of Florida
  • Hebrew University, Israel
  • INALCO, France
  • La Femis, France
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Maryland University
  • Miami University
  • Austin University

Awards

  • Audience Award – Israfest Film Festival, NY, 2008
  • Grand Prix – The 6th Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2008
  • 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 of Archival Footage - The International Federation of Television Archives, Germany, 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 Track - The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
  • Best Research - The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008
  • Wolgin Award for Best Documentary Film – The Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2007
  • Best Editing Award – The Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2007
  • The Audio-Visual Award by the Forum for the Preservation of Audio Visual – Jerusalem Film Festival, 2007