The state of Israel was still not officially in existence when the 50-minute documentary Tales of Palestine was released in early 1947. Produced in Britain, the film unsurprisingly takes the British point of view of the ongoing Palestinian crisis, though politics are by-and-large set aside during the proceedings. Producer-writer-director Joseph Leytes prefers to concentrate on the positive aspects of Palestine, showing how the previously uninhabitable desert regions were being successfully converted into decent living quarters for hundreds of thousands of wartime Jewish refugees. Special emphasis is placed upon the children of the region, who in Leytes' eyes represent the hope for a brighter future. Complementing the image throughout is the symphonic musical score by Mischa Spoliansky.
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