Children of the Sun

Tracing Israel’s kibbutz movement, members of the Zionist elite move from their birth in the 1920s and 1930s to a crisis.

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Global Voices
Premiere Date
July 20, 2009
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
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    2007 Jerusalem Film Festival-Wolgin Award for Best Documentary Film
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    2008 International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA)-FIAT Award
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    2008 Israeli Academy Awards-Best Documentary Award
  • Director

    Ran Tal

    Director Ran Tal was born in 1963 in Israel to a farmer’s family and grew up on Kibbutz Beit Hashita. After finishing his military duty, he studied cinema and television at Tel Aviv University. Tal was creative director at several TV stations and since the mid-90s has been an independent documentary filmmaker whose work deals with the essence of Israeli Show more politics through social and historical phenomenon. He also teaches at various film schools in Israel. Show less


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    The Film

    In the 1920s and 1930s, tens of thousands of children were born on an Israeli kibbutz and raised as part of a social experiment to create a new and improved human. The film traces these "Children of the Sun" from their birth through their growth as members of the Zionist elite, and to the crisis that weakened the kibbutz movement.