Israel, 2011 | Documentary, 55 min.
Director: Wayne Kopping
Produced by JerusalemOnlineU.com
|Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference is a new feature-length documentary that explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological, and emotional perspective. This insightful and uplifting documentary sidesteps the usual conversation of politics, conflict and violence, and tells the story of the Israeli people – whose resilience has propelled Israel to the forefront of world innovation and progress.
Despite daily challenges ranging from limited resources to security needs, Israeli creativity and inventiveness help make the world a better place. Israel has made significant advancements in the fields of science, environment, medicine and technology, and has shared these developments with the rest of the world.
The film is hosted by Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, who gave up the unique distinction of being Harvard University's most popular lecturer to return to his native country, Israel. In the film, Ben Shahar explores the core character strengths – called "actualizers" – that enable Israelis to succeed against incredible odds. Through Tal's eyes we explore the deep-seated values such as education, family, and responsibility for the world (a Jewish concept known as "tikkun olam"), which directly contribute to Israel's accomplishments in the economic, technological and humanitarian spheres. And while none of these actualizers are in and of themselves unique to Israel, in combination they are bringing about unparalleled progress and achievement.
|"...a poignant and inspiring look inside Israeli society. A must-see." Natan Sharansky, Author, Human Rights Activist
"It does no persuading, arguing or advocacy whatsoever...it's an emotional, inspiring look at what accounts for Israel's success." The Jerusalem Post
"...an intriguing documentary that shows the world the special country Israel is...it shows how Israel has used its success for the benefit of the world, something we as Jews are particularly proud of." Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi, United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth