Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Documentary series ‘Pillar of Fire’ to be broadcast in Germany

“Pillar of Fire” is a 19-episode documentary television series, first broadcast in 1981, relaying the history of the Jewish people and the events leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel. The acclaimed series took five years to produce, and necessitated Ministry of Finance funding in order to be completed. It includes rare archive footage as well as interviews with hundreds of individuals integral to Israel’s past.

The series, though highly regarded by many, was also criticized for being far too complimentary towards the Zionist endeavor, as well as for utterly ignoring the part played by Sephardic Jews in Israel’s history.

Years after “Pillar of Fire” was released and broadcast on Israeli TV channel 1, a follow-up series, titled "Tekuma" or "Revival", was also produced. This new series recounted the important events in Israel’s history from its founding to the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

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