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Izkor,

slaves of memory

by Eyal Sivan

“A film on memory and politics:
this is the way that Israeli society exploits its myths
to train hard people without doubts or remorse,
the soldiers of the future wars.”
-Tom Segev (author of The Seventh Million) Haaretz
“Courageous film” Les Cahiers du Cinéma

Procirep Prize & jury's special mention, FIPA 1991 • Investigation Prize  European Documentaries Biennale, Marseilles 1991
Golden Lens, Tel Aviv Film Festival 1991 •
Documentary | 1991 | 97 mn | color | 4:3 | Dialog : Hebrew | Subtitles: English + | ISBN 2-915683-02-6
 
DISCIPLINES Education interest
IZKOR, is a portrait of the Israeli society that had never been shown before, thirty days in the life of a State that lives to the rhythm of its memory. This award-winning film puts forward a passionate and severe analysis of the Hebrew state.

“IZKOR,” means "remember" in Hebrew and this film looks in depth at this imperative that is imposed on the children of Israel. In Israel during the month of April feast days and celebrations take place one after another. School children of all ages prepare to pay tribute to their country's past. The collective memory becomes a terribly efficient tool for the training of young minds.

In Israel, “Never again” is not just a slogan, it's a “mantra”. It is an atmosphere, an ever present cloud, a widespread fear, touching every aspect of daily life, reason, opinions, creativity and choices people make for the future. Though Israel has been under the media spotlight since its creation, it is still a mystery to many observers. Its survival raises moral problems for some, and malicious speculation in others. But it is precisely on account this survival issue that the identity and determination of the population were forgotten.

The author of the film is an Israeli. By going to rediscover the myths and symbols that have contributed to the making of his own identity, as well as that of every Israeli, he is bringing into play his own personal experience. Through a meticulous observation of the educational system, from kindergarten to the army, we discover how history is transformed into memory, how it sets an atmosphere and influences Israelis' behavior and lifestyles. Not only of interest for specialists on Israel, the film is an assessment of the place of memory in educational practice in a contemporary nation-state.

Key words : Education, Holocaust, Institutions, Israel, Memory, Nationalism, Nazism, Zionism

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