Arbor Drive doors open at 7:00 pm. Movies begin at 7:15 pm.
Snacks and schmoozing are free. Discussions follow each presentation.
Land of Promise Synopsis
by Hal Erickson
Land of Promise is a feature-length documentary devoted to contemporary Palestine (some dozen years before the creation of the state of Israel). There are no professional actors, nor any real plotline: filmmaker David Lehmann has chosen an anecdotal approach to his material, recording the day-to-day existence of the European Jewish refugees who've chosen to emigrate to the Holy Land. Emphasis is placed on the settler's rapidity and tenacity in creating a livable community in the middle of the desert. The narration, by David Ross, is spoken in English, but a Yiddish-language version was simultaneously prepared. Serving as musical director of Land of Promise was Paramount contractee Boris Morros, who later became a busy film producer in his own right.
National Center for Jewish Film
This is one of Palestine's earliest sound films and part of a larger campaign to encourage settlement and investment in "the Jewish homeland." Land of Promise emphasizes secular accomplishments and portrays Zionist settlers with considerable cinematographic and editorial skill. Punctuated by evocative close-ups, this part-documentary, part-travelogue, part-message film shows Palestine as a land of opportunity, the place for fulfilling an ancient dream.
Sponsor: Temple Beth El Kesher Israel Committee