Cinema KKL: Bringing History Back to Life

KKL-JNF has been accompanying the progress of the establishment of the State of Israel since the very beginning.

January 23, 2014 16:33
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Cinema KKL: Bringing History Back to Life-1. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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Cinema KKL: Bringing History Back to Life

KKL-JNF has been accompanying the progress of the establishment of the State of Israel since the very beginning. Alongside the pioneers who worked in the fields, founded communities and planted forests, there were also photographers who documented the major developments and the minor moments that illustrate the story of the rebirth of the Jewish people in the land of Israel.

At the Cinema KKL events taking place in the cinematheques of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Ofakim, the KKL-JNF Film Archive is screening historical films from its collection in conjunction with the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive. Featured this year is a rare film by Yaakov Ben Dov from 1928 entitled Spring in the Land of Israel.

This film, which was produced for KKL-JNF and Keren Hayesod, shows the reestablishment of the Jewish presence in Israel—purchasing lands, founding communities, developing agriculture—as well as natural treasures and historical landmarks in Israel. The founding of the city of Tel Aviv, the draining of the Hula Valley, immigrant absorption—all these are documented in the authentic photography of Ben Dov. The work of KKL-JNF is, of course, evident throughout the film, as it was an integral part of the history of the Jewish State.

This is the third annual Cinema KKL project, which was initiated by Pnina Livni, Director of the KKL-JNF Film Archive. “We have over 800 old films. The aim is to show the films to the general public and to bring history back to life,” said Livni.

                          Read more about Cinema KKL and view rare footage from Palestine in 1928

For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department


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