The Israel Film Service Collection

Rosh Pina: The Lost Dreams of the Upper Street

56 Minutes, 1977
Genre:
Documentary

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Directed by: Lihi Hanoch
Production:Igal Efrati, David Schitz
Photographer: Ilan Rosenberg
Original Music: Shalom Hanoch
Narrator: Shamira Imber
Language: Hebrew
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Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A Film by Lihi Hanoch, produced by the Israeli Film Service. In the year 1977, plans are made for the renovation and preservation of the old village of Rosh Pina, located high on a slope of Mt. Canaan in the upper Galilee. The houses of the old “moshava” became abandoned gradually, when descendents of late 19th century founders descended into the valley, where modern agriculture was more feasable. Only three of the elders remain “up-top”, and the preservation operation should be simple. However, beginning in the late 1960s, a new community came to call the old ghost town home. Those are “Hippies״ and bohemians who squatted in the derelict houses, renovated them and forged a social fabric. The clash between the vision held by the dwellers of “lower” Rosh Pina and those of the “Upper Street” serves as the climax of this impressive documentary. Included therein is also a reenactment of the moshava’s early days.

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