Histadrut and Labour Movement Movies Collection


22 Minutes, 1977
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Directed by: Ilan Tiano
Production:Moshe Golan
Photographer: Amnon Salomon, Ilan Rosenberg
Narrator: Oded Ben Ami
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A documentary about the political participation of Israel’s youth, produced by Histadrut’s Center for Education and Culture.
In 1970, dozens of high school students about to be drafted sent a letter of protest to Prime Minister Golda Meir. In the petition, known as the Shministim Letter (“twelfth graders’ letter”), the students claimed that the country, for which they will soon risk their lives, does not take sufficient steps to avoid conflict. Six years later, film director Ilan Tiano converses with some of the petition’s signers, as well as some high school students. The interviews reveal a picture of a young generation, growing ever more estranged from politics: a major part of the petition’s signers withdrew from political life over the years, while 1976’s twelfth graders are less optimistic than their predecessors about their ability to influence Israel’s future.

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