The Israel Film Service Collection

One-Fifth of A Nation

29 Minutes, 1973
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Directed by: Louis Lentin
Production:Igal Efrati, David Goldstein
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Gadi Danzig
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

The film OneFifth of A Nation produced by the Israeli Film Service describes how in its early years, Israel absorbed masses of new immigrants who came from Arab countries after being forced to leave all their possessions behind and take only valuable things and the Torah scrolls. Most of them arrived only with religious education and were mostly engaged in types of work transferred from father to son that did not match the needs of the country being built and hence created socioeconomic gaps that created poverty in certain strata in a population. The narration in the film shows the steps taken by the state as part of the effort to reduce the phenomenon by appropriate vocational training such as opening vocational courses, reading centers for mothers, preacademic centers, and strengthening the future generation by integrating children from poverty in more developed areas.

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