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This rare newsreel collection, shot by Israeli film pioneer, Nathan Axelrod chronicles the establishing and subsequent development of Jewish communities in the land. The 450 newsreels include the Moledet Reels and The Carmel Reels; both of which, combined, paint a broad picture of local Jewish communities from the days of British Mandatory Palestine, all the way to Israel’s tenth year. Axelrod captured an assortment of public figures and community members, the local arts and culture scene, and everyday life; ultimately, putting together a gripping mosaic that showcases the Zionist Movement’s tumultuous years in Palestine/Israel. What is more, the collection also features full-length films directed by Axelrod, several addendums covering various historical topics and footage which Axelrod had cut out his original newsreels and finished films. This is, without a doubt, one of the most important, precious film collections of the 20th century. As such, it continues to function as a rich and at times, surprising source of information for scholars, filmmakers, students, museums, various organisations, etc.
The collection of Natan Axelrod’s diaries was purchased by the State of Israel and housed in the Israel Film Archive at the initiative of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, as part of the digitization reform and the “Landmarks” program. The Israel Film Archive is responsible for the management of the collection, its scientific preservation and its accessibility to the public.
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