Kibbutz landscape and architecture as represented in film and television: Kibbutz Yakum as a case study

Amir Har-Gil, Inbal Ben Asher Gitler

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Architecture and landscape constitute key aspects of fictional realistic drama in film and television. In fictional films whose plots take place on Israeli kibbutzim, on-site cinematography is a central means of achieving a realistic and dramatic portrayal of the communal settlement and its social space. In this article, we investigate five productions filmed on location at Kibbutz Yakum. We argue that these filmic representations of architecture and landscape reify the image of the kibbutz as an introverted society that denies individuals their privacy and upholds the centrality and presence of community. By comparing the actual sites with their presentation in films, we show that the physical space of the kibbutz was filmed selectively in a manner that immortalizes its communal, 'classical' image, which in reality no longer exists. The kibbutz's transformation from a communal to a privatized society is purposely veiled in these films, preserving the kibbutz's established image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-129
Number of pages29
JournalIsrael Studies Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Architecture
  • Cinematography
  • Film
  • Israeli culture
  • Kibbutz
  • Landscape design
  • Spatial practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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