The Israel Film Service Collection

The Hula Valley

12 Minutes, 1954
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Directed by: Natan Gross
Production:Yitzhak Agadati
Production Company:Israeli Film Service
Photographer: Haim Schreiber
Narrator: Azaria Rapaport
Languages: Hebrew, English
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A film produced by the Information Center (Hasbara) and presents a rare documentation of the Hula drainage project during the 1950s, aiming to drain the lake and marshland at the Hula valley in a large-scale engineering operation. Workers are seen in the lake and marshland areas as they cut down papyrus bushes, strengthening the canal system located along its future route in the marshland, while big excavators clear the piles of papyrus and peat soil, and pumping mud from the bottom of the lake to create the future underground canals. New immigrants from Iran are seen at a Ma’abara (transit camp) which is set up near one of the settlements in the Hula Valley, as they produce papyrus mats using manual production methods. The film provides a rare documentation of the progression of the works carried out by the Jewish National Fund and the American engineering company “Construction Aggregates Corporation”, and was shot about a year before the completion of the Hula drainage project.

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