The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Collection

The Land of Promise (1935 version)

51 Minutes, 1935
Genre:
Documentary
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Directed by: Juda Leman
Production:Leo Herrmann
Production Company:Urim Palestine Film Company production companyKeren Hayesod
Photographer: Charles Herbert
Narrator: Rass David
Language: Hebrew
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Judah Leman’s film was commissioned in 1935 by United Israel Appeal with the aim of fundraising for the land’s burgeoning Jewish communities. The film, in a sense, laid the cinematic groundwork for all subsequent Zionist propaganda films that would follow. The Land of Promise explores the regeneration of life in the country, aka “the land of peace between religions”; the two big cities – Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; the local, active Jewish communities, and the clash of the old vs. the new.

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