Oded the Wanderer, 1933
The First Hebrew Eretz-Yisraeli film in Israel
Created by the Workers of Eretz Israel Studios
Adventures from the life of youth in the Land of Israel
ODED THE WANDERER
A Hebrew play | Hebrew photography | Hebrew skies | Hebrew talent
Next Week in the Zion Cinema
This is a poster advertising the first Hebrew feature film, Oded HaNoded (Oded the Wanderer). The poster, published on January 26, 1933, announces the screening of the film at the Zion Cinema in Jerusalem.
In the centre of the poster is a picture of a “pioneer” boy smiling. He is sitting on a rock with a hat on his head. He is wearing shoes and socks, a button-down shirt, and shorts and is looking up expectantly at an unseen person or location. At the bottom of the poster is some text emphasising that the film is an entirely Hebrew enterprise in terms of its script, photography, landscape, and actors: “Oded the Wanderer – a Hebrew play, Hebrew photography, Hebrew skies, Hebrew talent.” Above the picture is the name of the studio, the Workers of Eretz Yisrael, which was founded by Haim Halachmi in 1932.
Oded HaNoded was produced on a low budget as a silent film, telling the simple story of a boy who gets lost while out for a walk with his classmates and who discovers many beautiful sites around the country. The film was very well received by the Yishuv (the Jewish community in pre-state Israel); pride and patriotism was a topic with which people could identify at the time.
This poster advertises a screening at the Zion Cinema in Jerusalem. This 400-seat cinema was built in 1912 and was the first cinema in Jerusalem. It was situated at the corner of Jaffa Street and Ben Yehuda Street in Zion Square and operated until the 1970s. The building now houses a large bank.
This poster can be used in Jewish History lessons about the 1930s in Mandatory Palestine, the early development of Israeli culture, and the ideal of the “new Jew.”
Hebrew teachers can use the poster to explore the revival of the Hebrew language and the importance of Hebrew culture.
Teachers of Media Studies can use this poster together with other similar posters to discuss the history of Israeli film.
Describe the poster.
What is the boy doing?
What is he wearing?
What is written on the poster?
What event is the poster advertising?
Where did it take place?
Reading Between the Lines
In what year was this film made?
Where was the film first shown?
What was special about the film according to the poster?
Can you tell what the movie is about from the picture?
Where was the film shown?
Read about the plot here, according to this description, what kind of child is Oded?
The film wanted to show how children can wander around safely and independently.
Do you think this was really the case? Is it true in Israel today?
In what ways is the film similar or different to films you watch today?
Since Oded HaNoded many films have been produced in Israel, and many have been shown in cinemas around the world. Israeli actors have also appeared in famous international films.
Have you seen any Israeli films? Do you know any Israeli actors?
Design an advertisement for a film that stars an Israeli child.
How is your poster similar or different to this one?
What things would you change or add to the actual poster?