GOOD MORNING ISRAEL

Screening “Good Morning Israel”, “Good Morning Israel – 10 tears later”, “Good Morning Israel – 20 years later” and meeting Amir Har-Gil.

“Good Morning Israel” won the first prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival and was introduced into the curricula of the Ministry of Education, the Israel Defense Forces’, Bney Akiva, Hashomer Hatzair, the Israel Scouts, the Jewish Agency.

The film follows the daily lives of five boys from different sectors comprising Israeli society in the period of their adolescence; what are their similarities and their differences, what happens to them.

In the sequels “Good Morning Israel – 10 years later” and “Good Morning Israel – 20 years later” Har-Gil returned to check what has changed in the lives of the boys he filmed in adolescence and through them attempt to understand what has changed in Israeli society.

Suitable for discussions about various sectors in Israeli society and the changes that occurred in them.

English translation is possible.

Length:

“Good Morning Israel”, 13 mins; “Good Morning Israel – 10 years later”, 42 mins; “Good Morning Israel – 20 years later”, 60 mins.

 

Good Morning Israel

Good Morning Israel won first prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival, was commended by Israeli Film Institute, received United Studios’ award and Delta Film award.

A weekday morning in the lives of 5 boys: A boy from a kibbutz, a boy from North Tel Aviv, a boy from a development town, an Arab boy and an Orthodox Jewish boy. A most similar hour in their lives, a microcosm of Israeli society.

Good Morning Israel – 10 years later    

Ten years after filming the award winning “Good Morning Israel”, Har-Gil returns to find out what has changed in the lives of the boys he filmed in his first film, in order to understand through them the changes Israeli society underwent.

Good Morning Israel – 20 years later    

Good Morning Israel –20 yeas later it’s a project Amir Har-Gil started upon finishing his cinema studies. Twenty years ago Har-Gil described a routine weekday in the lives of the 5 children: Meir from Kibbutz Ma’abarot, Yossi  from Ofakim development town, Saar from Ramat Aviv Gimel, Mundar from Taybeh and Yehoshua from Kfar Chabbad – through the most similar hour in their lives, the morning hour up to their arrival at school – creating a microcosm of Israeli society. Ten years later he returned to create another film that was screened on the Eve of Independence Day embarking on a journey to find our has changed with the various characters and what has changed in him, himself. Twenty years ago he focused on the most similar hour in their lives, the hour of awakening until their arrival to school. At the time the differences between the children were conspicuous, their world views, their socio economic conditions, their beliefs and their hopes were different. The film won many awards and wide media attention. Thirty years later the director returned once more to the protagonists to find out what happened to them. Their story is the story of the country, of hopes and values that have changed, of economic and cultural gaps. Some of the boys don’t live in the places they grew up in anymore and stereotypical divisions are more complex. When the protagonists were filmed the second time in their twenties, all were bachelors without children, before studies, still deliberating about possible directions they should take, still trying to find their way among various possibilities. At the time of the third filming they had already made their decisions, have chosen their paths. What is more attractive? Should they go on in the ways of their parents? Should they endeavor to improve the place where they grew up in, the country in which they developed? Should they care only for themselves? Do they think alike or do they think differently? Are they alike or different from other youths born in various social sectors? What do thirty-year-olds think of themselves, about the country’s future and their own future? A similar project called 7Up was carried out in England, however “Good Morning Israel” is different. In England the emphasis was on the individual: can one predict what will become of a seven-year-old born in a particular environment? They examined each individual separately. “Good Morning Israel” twenty years later endeavored to examine thirty-year old persons as an age cohort representing a generation, representing Israeli society, Israeli youth.

Good morning Israel-

  • First prize for short Israeli film, Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel, 1986.
  • Cited as excellent, The Israel Film Institute, Israel, 1986.
  • Excellent director prize, for Short Films, United studios, Israel, 1986.
  • Delta Film prize for excellent graduate, Beit Zvi School of Performing Arts, Israel, 1986.

Good Morning Israel        

Script and directing: Prof. Amir Har-Gil

Production:  Amir Har-Gil, Nachshon Axelrod

Editing: Yael Perlov

Filming: Ofer Yanoov

Length: 13 mins. Israel, 1986

Good Morning Israel – 10 years later

Script and directing: Amir Har-Gil

Production: Amir Har-Gil, Nachshon Axelrod

Editing: Avital Benacot

Filming: Over Yanoov, Ofer Harari

Length: 42 mins. Israel, 1995

 

Good Morning Israel – 20 years later

Driector:  Amir Har-Gil

Production: Yahali Gat, Musa Productions

Editing: Micha Livneh

Filming: Ofer Yanoov

Length: 60 mins. Israel, 2007

“For about eight years now I am running the Lending and Development Unit of the Integrated Pedagogical Center in Tel Aviv; I wish to write and express our appreciation – myself, the teachers and instructors – after having used both parts of your film “Good Morning Israel”. The films show the wide range of youth living in Israel and present viewers with the Israeli experience in a variety of ways. Many teachers used the films to point out stereotypes and present Israeli middle and high schools youths’ way of life and their preparations for the army.  Many youths instructors in Israel and abroad used to film to present “Beautiful Israel” with its’ manifold problems and social gaps, for better and for worse.  I warmly recommend this special film that may serve teachers and instructors as a unique tool in their work. May you be blessed in your initiative to produce such a unique film, so sparse in the field of education. I hope more good material like this will be produced in the future.” (Rina Shabtay, Lending and Development Unit, Integrated Pedagogical Center, Tel Aviv)

“For several years I have been using your film “Good Morning Israel” in working with elementary and middle level students. The short and sensitive film touches on central problems of Israeli society and the youths growing up in it. The variety of youths from city, development town, Arab village, kibbutz and yeshiva offer a wide mosaic; the children’s words were rendered in their context without additions or interpretations. I held exhaustive talks with religious and non religious students, Jewish and Arab students and even with students at the Bialik school in Melbourne, Australia who said that they have learned a lot about Israel from this film.” (Dr. Eliezer Marcus, former Director of Emanuel Yaffe School of Senior Educators).

“I wish to thank you for the film “Good Morning Israel – 20 Years Later”. It was screened yesterday in front of 300 Jewish and Arab volunteers of “Mercaz Ma’ase” who watched it captivated. The discussion following the screening was fascinating. Many (especially among the Jews), liked Mundar and identified with him. The discussion revolved around the topics the film raises: identity, belonging, gaps, tensions and the connection to Israel. The volunteers mentioned that they would have liked to see girls/women and immigrants (Ethiopia, former USSR) and expressed their wish to meet you. I and the Ma’ase Center wish to thank you.” (Tlalit Shavit, Ma’ase Center)