San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (1999)
Yakov Ben Dov came to Jerusalem from the Ukraine in 1907 with little more than a still camera to his name. He became one of the most accomplished filmmakers of his time, capturing the momentous events of his country. Ben Dov made his first documentary film General Allenby Enters Jerusalem: The Liberation of Judea which was aimed at the diaspora community to promote emigration.
This eloquent portrait of an early cinema pioneer mingles astounding documents of early twentieth century Jerusalem with images of contemporary Israel.
“A poetic and melancholy homage to a passionate pioneer of cinema."
-San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
"Graceful and evocative..." -Jewish Bulletin
"Yakov Ben Dov, photographer and filmmaker extraordinaire, may be the true unsung hero of the founding of the state of Israel.” –San Francisco Jewish Bulletin
“A poetic and melancholy homage to a passionate pioneer of cinema.”
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Ben Dov: Images of a Dreamer
Yaacov Ben Dov, images d’un rêveur
France, 1999, 55 minutes Color/B&W
Hebrew & French with English subtitles
Directed by Alex Szalat
Public Exhibition formats: 16mm, Beta, DVD