The Hollywood Reporter Staff | 07.10.2013
Eliav Lilti’s documentary uses amateur home-movie footage to depict the history of Israel in its first several decades.
For those not directly involved, home movies usually have a mundane air, chronicling moments whose emotional immediacy is heightened only by their nostalgic atmosphere. But the glimpses of often trivial everyday life captured in Eliav Lilti’s documentary Israel: A Home Movie have an inevitably more powerful impact since they take place over the course of the country’s first four decades.
Devoid of overt politicizing or much informational context, the film, currently receiving its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York City’s Film Forum, vividly conveys how ordinary people are impacted by historical events.