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Growing up on the Kibbutz

Children of the Sun, a film by Ran Tal showed last night to at the Cumberland theatre.  In this very intimate look at the history of children born on the  kibbutzim, the audience is taken down memory lane with video footage taken from 1930-1970 along with photographs that depicted what life was like in this setting.

The director himself was born on a kibbutz; thus, this account is also a way of telling his own childhood story.  This film shows the "good and bad," according to Tal, of growing up in this environment.  He stayed after the screening to answer audience's questions and to tell us more about the making of this film.  A member of the audience commented on Tal's use of audio; this person liked how the audio "created an abstraction of memory."  Tal was very grateful for this comment; he said that he wanted those who grew up in the kibbutz to be the ones to tell the story. 

Tal also shared how much research was required in the making of this documentary.  However, he stated he has "a fetish for archives," which made the job even more interesting.  The film shows a great history of a commune style of living some of us may not know much about.  It is an educational experience.

This very interesting film has a clear bias against communal childrearing and ends up glorifying and romanticizing the nuclear family. It would have been important to hear from others who experienced and still recall the positive side(s) of the communal life in the early Kibbutz movement, because the director ends up throwing the babies and children away with the bath water!

The family as we know it, the non-extended, non-communal one can (also) be a source of much misery, as we well know and as years spent by the multitudes in therapists' offices testify.

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