In Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, footage from a recently discovered video interview allows us to hear from Israel’s founding leader in his own words. In 1968, David Ben-Gurion was 82 years old and had been retired from public office for five years. Living on a remote kibbutz in the Negev Desert, he still had a lot to say.
Ben-Gurion was interviewed for seven hours over several days, but the video was lost until recently. First the images were found, which triggered a search for the sound. The result is Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, with the seven hours distilled down to one hour. Director Yariv Moser gets out of the way and lets Ben-Gurion speak for himself. The result is an important document of 20th Century history.
Not a guy who naturally “holds forth”, Ben-Gurion is prodded into revealing his inside view of his controversial acceptance of German reparations. We also get his take on the Zionist movement (not exactly what you’d expect) and, of course the Big Question: land for peace. There are also telling insights into his marriage.
You can find a separate 24-minute “making of” documentary on YouTube.
Ben-Gurion, Epilogue will screen at the SFJFF:
- Cinearts (Palo Alto), Sunday, July 23 Noon
- Castro (San Francisco), Saturday, July 29 1:45 PM
- Albany Twin (Albany), Sunday, July 30 Noon.
The SFJFF runs from July 20 through August 6 at theaters in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Albany, San Rafael and Oakland. You can peruse the entire program and buy tickets and passes at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.