The Land Of Milk And Honey, DVD

milk-and-honey-cover1_phixr.jpgFabled folk songs shed light onto this nation.   A Culture of Peace presents: ‘The Land of Milk and Honey’ on DVD after it earned three Emmys on TV.

Take a trip through the land of Israel as you track down the songwriters of some of the most famous Israeli folk songs, and some who just perform them.   One of those performers, Yossi Lev, took it upon himself to learn more than 10,000 songs about life, love, and the land.   He is constantly on the road going from town to town singing and exciting a country in perpetual peril.   Many of the songs have very simple titles like Shir Same’ach [The Happy Song], and Eretz Zavat Chalav U’Dvash [The Land Flowing with Milk and Honey] – the latter song being so famous as to be performed by legendary African American soul singer Nina Simone in 1962.   Written by Eliahu Gamaliel, Eretz Zavat Chalav U’Dvash is a heartwarming story of how a simple song given for free to a nation can endure, and inspire millions.

You will journey from the narrow streets of urban Israel to see street performances, and interviews with citizen soldiers; to basketball courts dance halls used to pass on the traditions to future generations; to a nature walk with a legendary composer.   You’ll experience Shira Betsibur [public singing] that unites the citizens of this sacred land.   You’ll learn some folk dance moves in large classes and a one on one with an Israeli original.

Presented in a mix of Spanish, English, and Hebrew, the DVD is all subtitled back to English so everyone can keep up.   ‘The Land of Milk and Honey’ is a captivating look at the art, music, and dance of a tiny country fighting to stay alive, and finding plenty of inner inspiration in the process.

Reviewed by: Gary Jacobs

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