The Israel Film Service Collection

Living in Kiryat Shmona

27 Minutes, 1976
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Directed by: David Kedem
Production:Shmuel Altman, Igal Efrati
Photographer: Hanania Baer
Narrator: Amikam Rotman
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

This short promotional film, produced by the Israel Film Service in collaboration with the municipality of Kiryat Shmona, describes life in the evolving city. As the narrator states, “It takes many colors to depict Kiryat Shmona”: this film portrays the city’s diverse population, featuring new residents alongside “born and raised” locals, children alongside adults, and individuals from various backgrounds. They all enthusiastically share their experiences living in Israel’s northern city, dispelling the negative stereotypes that have clung to Kiryat Shmona. The film presents the municipal education system in the city, the employment opportunities it offers, the support system for young couples, and the city’s vibrant social life. It also shows the city’s rich cultural scene by presenting a short interview featuring actress Tami Spivak, who visited Kiryat Shmona with the “Bimot” theater. The film also spotlights the city’s soccer team. The narrator also acknowledges and addresses the challenges the city has faced. The film portrays living at Kiryat Shmona as an ideological choice: “Living in Kiryat Shmona embodies a sense of Zionist commitment.

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