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8 PM Saturday April 5th
Boston Premiere


Israel, 2002, 90 minutes, 35mm
English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Eli Cohen

Special Israel Independence Day program
This stirring saga of the man who built a hydroelectric plant across the Jordan River at Naharayim in 1931 is an absorbing film biography. Pinchas Rutenberg (1880-1942), a Russian Jewish émigré to Palestine, was a man of unusual strength of character who succeeded in getting Winston Churchill's backing for his project.

“ Menasha Noy's Rutenberg is a brilliant, formal, self absorbed man who had the ability to compel the most recalcitrant worker to follow his lead.” Los Angeles Times

Discussant: Hillel Newman, Consul of Israel to New England

Sponsors: The Consulate General of Israel to New England and The Goodman Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel


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