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Robert Abzug, Director CLA 2.402, 305 E 23rd St B3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-475-6178

"Children of the Sun," Film Screening

Wed, February 27, 2008 • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM • AVAYA Auditorium, ACES Building 2.302

Children of the first kibbutzim in Israel were born in the early 20th 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 utopia and were destined to become the "New Man". They were educated in an ideological society that aspired to replace the traditional family with a 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. The piece portrays rare footage shot at the kibbutzim between 1930 and 1970, rare recordings and conversations with families and friends.

The tapestry of rare materials from which the film is compiled creates both a very personal and very public story, a meta-narrative about one of the most fascinating myths of the Zionist movement in the Land of Israel.

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, and the Consulate-General of Israel in Houston.


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