Docu.Text 07

Documentary Film
Festival at the National
Library of Israel

We really missed meeting you face to face, and we are happy that this summer we will be able to experience the seventh Docu.Text festival together at the National Library.

Our common experience of the Corona pandemic, in which we all spent many months in our homes, has inspired a variety of cultural and artistic ways of relating to the concept of “home.” This concept is particularly relevant to us at the library since the National Library’s new building will be ready in the upcoming months and we are already preparing ourselves for our departure from the building that has held the library these sixty years – a home for thousands of scholars and students. The move from our old home to our new home is a meaningful event for us and we will reflect upon its meaning together with you at the festival. Moreover, like every year, we have chosen for you the best documentary films that relate to the culture of texts, memory and heritage.

We will be pleased to see you on the evenings of the festival in the square at the entrance to the library. The screenings will take place outside, and will include films that follow local culture heroes, among them the writer David Grossman, the artist Shlomo Bar, and the writer Amos Oz. On the opening night of the festival, there will be a festive screening of the film: “Queen Shoshanna” about the wonderful singer Shoshanna Damari. The screening will be accompanied by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra performing the film’s soundtrack live.

During the day, Gorbachev, Anat Gov, Truman & Tennessee, Natan Zach and others await you in the air-conditioned screening halls, along with a variety of lectures and conversations with artists and scholars.

The Hannah Szenes Archive was set up in the old library and we will screen a film about her. On a special tour, you can encounter special artifacts from the archive. Another tour will e about the architecture of the library building a moment before the move to the library’s new home. The artist Rotem Walk invites you to an intimate tour at the end of which you can give up something of value to you, donating it to the library and promising it eternal life.

As always, the festival will close with a film about significant cultural contributors in the field of Israeli music. This time we will screen the film “Look at All the Lonely People”  about the members of Ha-Chaverim shel Natasha (The Friends of Natasha). Immediately afterward there will be a live performance by the band.

We are waiting for you at the National Library.

Tsila Hayun
Head of the Education and Culture Department

Ruty Rubinshtein
Administrator for Culture


Artistic director and Festival director: Ruty Rubinshtein
Producer: Rotem Ben-Hamo
Content, events and festival website: Moriah Bar-Gil
Sales management: Doron Levin
Production management: Noam Gershler
Technical management: Assaf Glick
Production team: Shai Lavie, Nadav Stern
Marketing and Innovation Management: Amir Orni
Artistic Committee: Ruty Rubinshtein, Moriah Bar-Gil, Karin Rivkind-Segal, Yaara Ozeri
Graphic Design: Rotem Cohen Soaye, Dar Laor
Web Design: Nir Avigad
Festival Video Editor: Matan Abramovich
Digital Marketing: Modus
Lighting & Amplification: NSS
Construction: Mor Bamot
Screening: AVS
Branding: Ideo - Construction of Pavilions for Exhibitions
Safety: Shauli Engineering and Safety


Docaviv: Galia Bador, Karin Rywkind Segal, Yooki Ben Shaul, Moran Arzy, Shira Habaron
Israel Broadcasting Corporation: Billy Segal Gezelius
The Hebrew University: Shmuel Azaria, Itamar-Hanoch Tovi, Moshe Naor
National Library Staff: Dr. Hezi Amiur, Dr. Hagit Zimroni, Noa Reichmann, Matan Barzilai, Dafna Wiener, Naomi Schacter, Itzik Burshan, Irit Jacobowitz, Zack Rothbart , Shai Ben-Ari, Yaara Halevy, Dr. Ahava Cohen, Dr. Raquel Ukeles, Marcela Szekely
Public services staff: Orly Simon, Noga Ben Moshe, Tomer Hadad
The Staff of the Digital Division: Nati Gabbay, Liron Halbriech
Operations and Logistics team: Eyal Ben David, Yoni Kalati, Samer Nabulsi, Porat Sharabi, Imad Aburmila
Security team: Shmuel Guy, Yafit Hamawi, Shlomo Cohen

The National Library thanks the Jerusalem Foundation for its support of the festival