Hametaknim, a feature length documentary, follows four friends
who met at Young Judaea's summer camp in New York, during the early
70's, as they work to improve a highly problematic environmental situation in
Israel; the country suffers from one of the worst levels of air, water, and
land pollution in the West. After years of being involved in numerous green
causes around the country, the film's main characters are now leading the
Israeli Green Movement Party, working together to get into parliament and gain
We have started filming and it will take about two to three years to complete the film. $20,000 is currently needed to continue filming, and generate interest from broadcasters in the U.S., and Israel.
In addition to documenting the environmental situation in Israel, Hametaknim has a chance to redefine Zionism, moving it from the current ethos of conquering the land at all cost, to one that has a broader perspective, and is humane, and gentle. The film’s main characters, who absorbed these lessons about Zionism at Young Judaea’s summer camp, has both the love of nature (they were introduced to it at summer camp,) and the understanding that environmentalism cannot stay disconnected from larger social values. This is true especially in Israel, where one’s love for the country, and the land, often determines his or hers course in life.
Dr. Alon Tal. Chairman of the Israeli Green Movement political party. Founder, in 1991, of Adam Teva Vedin, the leading organization for environmental justice in Israel. Founder, in 1996, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, the leading program in Israel for educating Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region's environmental challenges. Dr. Tal have been involved, over the past two decades, in almost every environmental cause around Israel.
Dr. Noah Efron. Serves as the head of the Green Movement's Tel Aviv branch, and as a Tel Aviv Yafo City Council member. Chairs the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University. President of the Israeli Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. An expert on the relationship between orthodox and secular Jews in Israel.
Dr. Eilon Schwartz. Member of the Green Movement's leadership council. Founder and CEO of the Heschel Center, the leading institution for environmental education in Israel. Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Tal are considered the leaders of the modern environmental movement in Israel.
Gershon Baskin. Member of the Green Movement's leadership council. Founder and head of the Israel / Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI).
Mel Reisfield. Considered the spiritual leader of Young Judaea at the time the film's other protagonists met each other during summer camp. Ricefield, 82, lives in Jerusalem and teaches Hebrew to the current Young Judaea students.