Inside the archive’s treasure troves – a history restored and retold: Opening Statistics

2 Minutes, 2018
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Directed by: Moran Ifergan
Language: Hebrew
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Filmmaker Moran Ifergan trawled through two private home movie collections shot in the nascent days of the State of Israel. Out of all this footage, deposited in the Israel Film Archive, Ifregan curated a collection of imagery from the world of childhood and family life, which resulted in Opening Statistics: a piece juxtaposing two lived childhood experiences from those early years – two worlds that co-existed in Israel at the time. Consequently, the piece also sheds light on the archive as an institution that offers an equal home to footage representing fundamentally different, complex realities.
Original Archival Footage:
• The Fred Monosson Collection: a Jewish-American magnate, philanthropist, and Zionist activist who, during his visits to Israel in the 1950s onwards, shot dozens of private and public functions on his 16mm camera, featuring key figures in Israeli culture and society (Collection kindly made available by Avishai Kfir.)
• The Hannah Farkas-Himsley Collection: Farkas, a doctor of bacteriology at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, shot countless hours of first-person POV footage on her 8mm camera featuring family, friends and acquaintances, Israeli landscapes and of course, the people (collection kindly made available by the family.)

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