The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Collection

Building a Future

23 Minutes, 1964
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Directed by: Silik Sternfeld
Production:Henry Roth
Production Company:The Jewish Agency
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Teenagers from all over the world immigrate to Israel, without their families, and try to settle and be absorbed in the young country. The story of Rosita from Brazil (Shoshana), tells about the absorption, the routine, the difficulties, and the adaptation. The teenagers come to Kibbutz Sde Nehemiah, learn Hebrew in the studio (where everyone changes their names), work in the cotton field, the kibbutz dining hall, the fish ponds, picking apples in the orchard, and more. About the homesickness and integration of each of the boys. After qualifying for the various professions, Shoshana moves to work in the kindergarten and integrates more easily. Trips around the country, Shoshana undergoes training as a nurse, a meeting of all the boys, they exchange experiences and feel much more Israeli than before.

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