The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Collection

The Return

22 Minutes, Unknown date
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Directed by: David Ebin
Production:David Ebin
Production Company:United Jewish Appeal
Photographer: Uri Spielni
Original Music: Theodore Bikel
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A film produced by the United Jewish Appeal. It presents the world of Soviet Jews who immigrated to Israel in the Early Seventies. A standout figure is that of author Ephraim Sevela, who ended up spending only six years in Israel, in the midst of a dramatic and dynamic life story. In 1971, Sevela and his friends took over a government office in Moscow, demanding to be granted permission to make Aliyah. following their triel, they were allowed to leave and scattered through the country. The film, whose crew is made up entirely of members of the same wave of immigration, showcases the reunification of families, the hardships of acclimatizing to the new land and the troubles suffered in the USSR. It also present footage of Soviet Olim arriving at a halfway station in Austria.


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