Pourquoi Israël (1973)


Using interviews and other footage shot especially for this documentary, French director Claude Lanzmann investigates the state of Israel in 1972. This movie concentrates on Israelis going about their business of everyday living. One interview shows the reactions of a concentration camp survivor, now a police chief, to being called a “Nazi” by demonstrators. Another segment follows the experiences of a Russian Jewish immigrant, beginning with his first visit to the Wailing Wall and continuing to his disturbing perception that he is welcomed more by virtue of his being Russian than for the fact that he is Jewish.

Director: Claude Lanzmann.
Stars: Jacques Barkat, Schmuel Birger, Ran Cohen, Mikael Feldman, Simha Flapan, Gad Granach, Beno Grünbaum, Paul Jacoby, Claude Lanzmann, Dolf Michaelis, Baruch Narshon, Zushy Posner, Lé
on Roisch, Leon Rouach, Avraham Schenker, Benjamin Shalit, Zwi Werblowsky, Yigael Yadin, Avraham Yoffe.

1973 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.



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One Comment

  1. Jarvis
    May 16, 2020

    Thank you so much for this, Jon! Very rare and an important documentary!

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