Israel, France, Germany, 2016
Director: Yariv Mozer
Hebrew and English with English subtitles
In the great depths of the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, six hours of interview footage was discovered of one of modern history’s greatest leaders -- David Ben-Gurion. It is 1968, and he is 82 years old, five years before his death. He lives in his secluded home in the desert, removed from all political discourse, which allows him a hindsight perspective on the Zionist enterprise. Ben-Gurion’s introspective soul-searching is the focus of this film, and his clear voice provides a surprising vision for today’s crucial decisions and the very future of Israel itself. The New York Times has called this film, “A wistful ode to a lost generation of leaders who viewed simplicity as a virtue even as they strove for giant goals."