Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

General Information

Israel, France, 2016 | Documentary, 55/70 min.
Director: Yariv Mozer
Producers: Yariv Mozer, Yael Perlov, Patrick Winocour & Guigon Juliette


"A wistful ode to a lost generation of leaders who viewed simplicity as a virtue even as they strove for giant goals."  

New York Times


In the great depths of the archive, six hours of interview footage was discovered of one of modern history’s greatest leaders- David Ben-Gurion. It is 1968 and he is 82 years old, five years before his death. He lives in his secluded home in the desert, removed from all political discourse, which allows him a hindsight perspective on the Zionist enterprise. Ben-Gurion’s introspective soul searching is the focus of this film, and his clear voice provides a surprising vision for today’s crucial decisions and the future of Israel.

Awards & Festivals



Israeli Film and TV Academy Award 2017 for Best Documentary



Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2018
Limmud UK, 2017
Embassy of Israel in Yangon, Myanmar, 2017
WZO Costa Rica, 2017
SERET Chile, 2017
Budapest Jewish Film Festival, Hungary, 2017
Bulgarian TV, Bulgaria, 2017
NYC Hillel, USA, 2017
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2017
Embassy of Israel in Madrid, Spain, 2017
WZO Atwerp, Belgium, 2017
UK Jewish Film Festival, UK, 2017
Pitigliani Jewish Film Festival, Italy, 2017
Iranian American Jewish Federation, USA, 2017
WZO Washington DC, USA, 2017
WZO Brussels, Belgium, 2017
WZO Virginia, USA, 2017
Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Cananda, 2017
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
WZO Luxembourg, 2017
WZO Leon, France, 2017
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2017
Gold Coast International Film Festival, USA, 2017
Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
WZO Cannes, France, 2017
Israel Caucus at the Harvard Kennedy School, USA, 2017
WZO Marseilles, France, 2017
WZO Paris, France, 2017
Houston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
LA Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2017
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017
Kehillah Synagogue, USA, 2017
Lincoln Square Synagogue, USA, 2017
Caracas Jewish Film Festival, Venezuela, 2017
SERET Holland, 2017
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, USA, 2017
Australia International Jewish Film Festival, Australia, 2017
Embassy of Israel in Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017
Columbia University, USA, 2017
WZO Johannesburg, South Africa, 2017
The Israeli Film Cycle, Portugal, 2017
KOLNOA Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2017
WZO Durban, South Africa, 2017
Bucharest Jewish Film Festival, Romania, 2017

IAC Cinematheque New Jersey, USA, 2017

SERET Israeli Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2017

Cleveland Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Dallas Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Embassy of Israel in Belgrade, Serbia, 2017

AIPAC Speakers Bureau, USA, 2017

Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, Brazil, 2017

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

The Hampton Synagogue, USA, 2017

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

PriFest, Kosovo, 2017

Soloway Jewish Community Center, Canada, 2017

Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Canada, 2017

Israel Bonds, USA, 2017

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

The Jerusalem Foundation Rome, Italy, 2017

Winnipeg Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2017

Washigton Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

East Bay Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, Serbia, 2017

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Detroit Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Stockholm Israeli Film Festival, Sweden, 2017

Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2017

National Center for Jewish Film's Annual Film Festival, Boston, USA, 2017

IMAJ, Belgium, 2017

Embassy of Israel in Athens, Greece, 2017

Larchmont Temple, USA, 2017

Other Israel Film Festival, USA, 2017

Skirball Cultural Center, USA, 2107

AIPAC, USA, 2017

Festival du cinéma israélien de Parism France, 2017

Philadelphia Israeli Film Fesival, USA, 2107

Film Forum New York, USA, 2017

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Official Competition - Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2017

Official Competition - Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2016


Educational Screenings

Brandeis University, USA, 2017

University of California, USA, 2017

Heschel School, USA, 2017

Dartmouth College, USA, 2017


Director: Yariv Mozer

Producers: Yariv Mozer, Yael Perlov, Patrick Winocour & Guigon Juliette

Supported by    HOT 8, Arte France, NDR Germany, Société Radio-Canada, The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Makor Foundation, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, Avi Chai foundation, The Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute, The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, The Jewish National Fund, Other Israel Film Fund, Copro Foundation

Script: Yariv Mozer

Editor: Yael Perlov

Music: John Keltonic

Original Language: Hebrew, English

Subtitles: English



Review: Israel Is the Focus of ‘The Settlers’ and ‘Ben-Gurion: Epilogue’, Helen T. Verongos, New Tork Times

THE BOTTOM LINE: An Invaluable Historical Document, Frank Sheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Film Review: Ben-Gurion: Epilogue, Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International


Yariv Mozer's Must See BEN GURION, EPILOGUE, James van Maanen, Trust Movies

Interview with the director Yariv Mozer, Ryan Bruce Levey, Without Your Head (Podcast)

Ben Gurion, Epilogue, Film Forum screening review by Jordan Hoffman, Times of Israel

Ben-Gurion on Israel, Peace and Back Pain: A Lost Interview Is Brought to Life, Isabel Kershner, NY Times

Prime minister, Nation-builder, Rushmore figure and Jewish Everygrandfather; Robert Goldblum, The New York Jewish Week

Ben-Gurion Spoke Turkish, Murat Turker, T24

A Visionary Leader, Amy Kronish,

Strangely Charming Ben Gurion: Epilogue, Mitchell Abidor, Jewish Currents

Tra la pace e i territori scelgo la pace, Ariela Piattelli, La Stampa


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