Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

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About The Film

Compiled from six hours of newly discovered conversations with Israel’s founding father, BEN-GURION, EPILOGUE presents a rare and fortuitous piece of cinematic archeology.

In never-before-seen footage, the then 82-year-old former prime minister is in his final years after leaving office, interviewed at his secluded desert home over the course of several days in 1968. An introspective David Ben-Gurion reflects on the loss of his wife, his personal health and political legacy, and his hopes for Middle East peace. Languishing for decades, the reels of silent footage were inadvertently uncovered in the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive in Jerusalem, with the corresponding soundtrack later found in the Ben-Gurion Archives in the Negev. The restored interview is interwoven with newsreels and other archival materials, including images of the unassuming elder statesman’s charmingly simple kibbutz life taking daily strolls and working the farmlands.

Offering hindsight on the Zionist enterprise, BEN-GURION, EPILOGUE is a work of undeniable historical significance with prophetic implications for Israel’s future. 

Film Details

Running Time 
70 minutes
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Year 
2016
Premiere 
East Coast Premiere
Sponsors 
Birthright Israel Foundation