The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Collection

Song of the Negev

29 Minutes, 1949
Short Film
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Directed by: Norman Lourie
Production:Joseph Leytes
Production Company:Jewish National Fund, Keren Hayesod
Photographer: Phillip Pendry, Laurie Friedman
Original Music: Edward Michael
Languages: English,
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A film produced by the United Palestine Appeal (Later part of the United Jewish Appeal), with the support of Keren Hayesod. The passengers of an airplane wrecked in the Negev desert are rescued and brought to a budding Zionist community (The film was shot at kibbutz Revivim, and its plot corresponds with the history of the kibbutz). Some are in search of rest, the others eager to give a hand and work. Eventually all join the shoveling and building. That night, a group of new immigrants, among them Holocaust survivors, arrive to join the mixed group.Within a while, the war arrives. Yoshke, the community”s most dedicated member, encourages his brethren to stay and fight, citing the community’s slogan: “Ein Breira” – “There is no choice”. When supplies are dropped almost within enemy lines, Yoshke ventures out to retrieve them. He is wounded, and dies upon completing his mission. The film concludes with words from Yoshke’s diary, bearing encouragement for new immigrants to Israel.

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