The Garden of Eden
Genre: Documentary | Director: Ran Tal | Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles | Length: 74 minutes | Country: Israel | Year: 2012 | Rating: NR
“The Garden of Eden” is the story of Gan HaShlosha, better known as the “Sakhne”, one of the largest, most famous and most visited parks in Israel.
During the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons of one full year, the film documents the park’s transformation, and with a spectacular expression of cinematic beauty, it tells the stories of the people who visit the park and work therein.
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?