Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Noa at Seventeen is set in Israel in 1951. Noa (Dalia Shimko) is the teenaged daughter of middle-class Jewish family. A feature-length argument brews over whether the girl will attend college or enter a kibbutz. This culture clash is played out against the larger backdrop of the political turmoil between Israel and its so-called neighbors. The austere, minimalist Noa at Seventeen is head and shoulders above such non-Israeli kibbutz-life films as 1972's Jerusalem, which seem to have been filmed for the express purpose of dressing their leading ladies in bare-midriff blouses and tight shorts.
coming-of-age, conflict, Jewish, kibbutz, debate, college, daughter, family, Israel, Hebrew, allegory