Degania: The First Kibbutz Fights Its Last Battle

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Degania: The First Kibbutz Fights Its Last Battle
Degania Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Yitzhak Rubin
Produced by Yitzhak Rubin
Mazal Rubin
Distributed by Teknews (Media) Films
Release date
Running time
55 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew

Degania: The First Kibbutz Fights Its Last Battle (Hebrew: הקרב האחרון על דגניה‬) is a 2008 Israeli documentary directed by Yitzhak Rubin that premiered at the Haifa International Film Festival.

The film's subject is the bitter dispute over the transition of the first kibbutz, Degania—established in 1910 by a dozen young idealists on the banks of the Jordan River—from a model based on socialism, egalitarianism and mutual responsibility to one of free market capitalism and differential salaries. It follows the emotional and heated debates leading up to the fateful day in March 2007 when kibbutzniks voted on the proposal to privatize their community.


Rubin's documentary, which was shown at a number of kibbutzim, stimulated profound discussion. Former Knesset member Ran Cohen said that "the film represents both [the] dream and [the] disillusionment" that was the kibbutz experiment.[1]

One Israeli reviewer, Meir Shnitzer, wrote that Rubin's film "is an important document. It is profound testimony highlighting the myth of privatization as every day the stock exchanges around the world expose the bluff. This is an overview of the process through which traditional values in Israeli society are crumbling away."[2]

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  1. ^ Quoted in Lilach Gavish (April 7, 2009), "A Collective Conundrum", The Jerusalem Post (accessed November 8, 2012).
  2. ^ Meir Shnitzer (October 16, 2008), "The Last Battle of Degania: An Important Document", NRG Maariv [Hebrew] (accessed November 8, 2012).