Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
The intent of director Yoram Levy in formulating this documentary of twenty years of newsreels from Israeli history (from independence to the Six-Day War) was, perhaps, to give a light, fast-moving once-over of the past. Yet the indirect and unintended results are more than the sum of the information provided. As viewers watch the tone and character and subject matter of the newsreels evolving over the twenty-year period, obvious changes occur. Compared to its earliest beginnings, the newsreels show that Israelis in the public sector are steadily more cynical and harsh, people slowly adopt more materialistic interests than before, and the cult of the individual grows. This would be an interesting documentary for anyone interested in source material and a good, visual overview of Israel's first two decades.