The Galilee Eskimos

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Director: JONATHAN PAZ

A financially-faltering Israeli kibbutz in Galilee is forced to file Chapter 11. Many of its residents – adult men, adult women and children – pack their belongings and take flight before the bailiffs can arrive and formally shut down the community. Thus begins a long exodus out of the commune and out of the city. In their departure the emigrants neglect to bring with them a dozen senior citizens who share a special residence inside of the kibbutz.

When the new contractor, hired by the foreclosing bank incidentally, arrives, the presence of the elderly individuals naturally surprises him. Never ones to be daunted, the seniors band tightly together and vow to rebuild the kibbutz single-handedly. Original story by kibbutz-reared former documentary director Paz, 62, and scripted by leading Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol, 70.

ISRAEL • 2007 • 95 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: JONATHAN PAZ