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The House on the Desert
Description: Documentary narrated in Hebrew about the formation of a farming community / kibbutz in the Palestinian desert near the Dead Sea.
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Clip #: TFA-306A
Length: 25:17
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Middle East
Country: Palestine
Subject: Agriculture
Original: 16mm
1950s, Palestine, desert, hills, camels, farmer sitting on hillside looking at desert vista, farmer exiting tent and mounting horse and riding through desert, farmer bringing sample of soil to scientist in laboratory, farmer digging plots in desert soil and staking labels such as “organic manure,” farmer watering plots, farmer and scientist examining and discussing soil, farmer returning back to tent and continuing to work on growing vegetables in desert soil by create irrigation system, farmer tasting soil and finding worm growing in soil, other farmers in desert, road sign pointing to Jericho, scientist visiting farmer in desert to check on progress and examining fertile soil from which plant has started to grow, scientist performing tests in lab as work in desert continues, men using pick axes to dig trenches in desert soil, multiple tents set up in farming camp, men excitedly gathering around woman who has arrived at camp, woman lighting shabbat candles and performing blessing as men gather round, men building irrigation pipeline from body of water, man turning wheel and water starting to gush from pipeline, men gathered around campfire with man playing accordion, children walking on pipeline, men fishing using baskets and nets, men unearthing soil from body of water and collecting in baskets, tractor being used to till arid soil, farmer joining wife and newborn baby lying in bed inside tent, farmers continuing to irrigate agricultural field, men constructing buildings, established farming community / kibbutz, Kibbutzim, Kibbutzniks, adults and children planting trees in soil, plants growing in agricultural field, men and women harvesting crops and working in field, children running up to farmer as he returns home, children and dogs playing in agricultural field and with sprinkler, men and women eating at communal tables in dining hall and being served by man bringing plates of food from cart, men, women and children continuing to plant trees, barren desert, established kibbutz nestled in desert

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