Salata Baladi

Salata Baladi
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Nadia Kamel | Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew, Italian, English Subtitles | Length: 105 minutes | Country: Egypt, Israel, Global | Year: 2007 | Rating: N/A

 Nadia Kamel’s heritage is a complex blend of religions and cultures. Her mother is a half Jewish, half Italian Christian who converted to Islam when she married Nadia’s half Turkish, half Ukrainian father. Prompted by the realization that her 10-year-old nephew was growing up in an Egyptian society where talk of culture clashes is all too common, she decides to let her mother, Mary Rosenthal, share their diverse family history. But, as she and Mary weave their way through the family’s fairy tales, they bump into silence around old prejudices concerning their estranged Egyptian-Jewish branch of their family living in Israel since 1948. Inspired to further challenge the boundaries between cultures, religions, and nationalities that are used to divide us, Kamel travels, along with her mother and nephew, to Israel and Italy and confronts fear and prejudice along the way.

NCSCOS Essential Standards:  7.G.1.2, WH.H.8.1, WH.H.8.2

Mivtza Savta

Mivtza Savta
Genre: Comedy, Made for TV | Director: Dror Shaul | Language: Hebrew | Length: 50 minutes | Country: Israel | Year: 1999 | Rating: TV Movie

Mivtza Savta (“Operation Grandma”) is a satirical Israeli comedy about three very different brothers trying to get around many obstacles to bury their grandmother on her kibbutz. The story takes place in Israel, in the fictional kibbutz “Asisim”.

Children of the Sun

Children of the Sun
Genre:
Documentary, History | Director: Ran Tal | Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles | Length: 70 minutes | Country: Israel | Year: 2007 | Rating: NR

An intimate portrait of the children who were part of Israel’s first kibbutzim. Off camera, 18 or so people, born in the mid-1930s, talk about being children born and raised on kibbutzim. They were to become “the new man:” equals, strong of body and spirit, communal with little personal ownership and a keen group consciousness. They tell their stories chronologically in four chapters: “separation” — their early years living and sleeping apart from their parents, “group” — pre-teen life as extended family, “elite” — becoming young adults, and “a second life” — adults looking back. Home movies and newsreels from the time fill the screen as they talk. Some remained to have children there. What is their assessment now? How are success and failure balanced?