Diary (1983 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Perlov
Produced by
Screenplay by David Perlov
Narrated by David Perlov
Music by Shem Tov Levi
Edited by
  • Dan Arav
  • Noga Darevski
  • Jacques Ehrlich
  • Boaz Leon
  • Yael Perlov
  • Shalev Vines
  • Levi Zini
  • Yosef Greenfield
  • Bat Sheva Yancu
  • Liran Atzmor
  • Dan Muggia
Release date
Running time
630 Minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew

Diary (Hebrew: יומן‎, tr. Yoman) is a 1983 Israeli experimental independent underground documentary art film directed by David Perlov, notable for being, together with its three follow-ups, פגישות עם נתן זך , יומן מעודכן, 1990–1999 and תצלומי 2002–1952, the last based on his photography of fifty years, one of the longest films ever made, as well as for being one of the few films ever made in which a film director shot his own grown daughter naked, possibly the first. It was released on DVD by Re:Voir Vidéo[1] in 2006 and is considered by some to be the greatest and most important Israeli film ever made in its home country.[2]


In early 1973, David Perlov bought a 16 mm film camera. Told in eleven parts, the film focuses on the life of David Perlov and his family in the years 1952–2002, showcasing his life and the developments in area politics, while David Perlov himself narrates. Several portions show David Perlov visiting São Paulo, his place of origin.[3]


It was released on cable television in Israel and on Channel 4. It also was shown in Israeli theaters, in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City, and in the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.[3]


  1. ^ David Perlov (2006). Diary (DVD). Re:Voir Vidéo. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  David Perlov (19 May 2011). דוד פרלוב: יומן מעודכן – 1990–1999 (DVD). האוזן השלישית. Retrieved 8 March 2017. (in Hebrew) David Perlov (31 December 2010). פגישות עם נתן זך (DVD). האוזן השלישית. Retrieved 12 March 2017. (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ פרלוב, יעל. "שימור הסרטים "יומן" ו"בירושלים" של דוד פרלוב". הפורום לשימור הזיכרון האודיו-ויזואלי בישראל. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ a b Judd Ne'eman. "Israeli Film." In: Oliver Leaman (editor). Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film. Routledge, 16 December 2003. ISBN 1134662521, 9781134662524. Start: p. 223. CITED: p. 322.

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