Synopsis: Cohen takes an elliptical approach in telling the story of Pinchas Rutenberg, a visionary, complex, and larger-than-life figure, who, amongst other things, brought electricity to Jewish Palestine in the early 20th century by building a hydroelectric power station in Nahararyim.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Eli Cohen
  2 wins & 10 nominations.
90 min

April Com. (1989) Ltd.


A film by Eli Cohen

Menashe Noy

Ayelet Zorer

Lior Ashkenazi

Mark Ivanir



Yaron Zelig


Omri Meron, Ruth Lev Ari


Eli Cohen

Friday, February 13, 1931

This will be the inauguration

of the largest and most ambitious

plant in the Middle East.

Ten years ago, engineer

Pinhas (Pyotr) Rutenberg

arrived in the Land of Israel.

He, who was a well known

revolutionary political terrorist

in Russia, became a Zionist.

Alongside his brother Avraham,

he formulated a bold plan:

To bring electricity

to the Land of Israel,

an economic

and technological revolution.

In Naharaim, at the junction

of the Jordan and Yarmukh rivers,

he established an electricity plant.

The channels,

the dams and the modern equipment...

are all

ready for the festive opening.

His Royal Highness,

Prince Abdallah...

Honored High Commissioner,

Naharaim engineers and workers.

People of Naharaim.


with the inauguration of the plant,

today, with the opening

of the first hydro-electric plant

on the Jordan...

Mr. Avraham! - Yes?

- We must open the dam!

The channel will not hold!


with the inauguration of the plant.

Today, with the opening

of the hydro-electric plant.

Today, with the opening

of the hydro-electric plant.



Mr. Rutenberg?

Mr. Rutenberg?

Bring more sacks!

More sand! Sand!


Hurry up!

What are you waiting for?


We must open

the dam!

Impossible. Impossible.

Avraham said no.

Put a few more sacks there!

Move more to the left!


Your brother.

Yes, Avraham.

Just a moment.

How much do you say? 60?

The dam will hold it.

No, no, no.

We will not open the reserve dam.

I calculated all the risks.

The tolerance is more than 60.

Avraham. Avraham.

Don't worry. I'm here.

Go slowly. - Quick!

Go slowly.


More to the left! Beguznik!

More to the left, Beguznik!

Careful! Careful there!

Everyone move away quickly!




Avraham! - Why are you yelling?

Look how much mud you tracked in.

Well, what...

Avraham. Avraham...

- What? - Everything is destroyed.

Pick this up.

Move the cart.

Where is the doctor?

Get the doctor!

Get the doctor!

Not good?


Very bad. Summon Zemah.

Mr. Rutenberg,

all is prepared for the journey.

Leonard, I want you to remain here.

- What do you mean? Mr. Rutenberg...

Leonard, I need you here.


Give this to Becky.

Tell her it is from me.

Come on, Zemah,

we don't have all day.

You will regret this!

A little to the left.

No, no, too much.

Not too much. Just a bit.

Just a moment.

Come toward me, toward me.

A few steps toward me.

Go back.

Pinhas, it is not good here,

I told you it is too sloped.

Riskin, just a moment.

Just a moment.

Here, here, hold it here.

- Riskin, what are you doing?

Come on, I said here.

- Pinhas, look at the numbers.

Mr. Rutenberg.

- Well? - The numbers.

The slopes... - The numbers,

I know the numbers, Avraham.

I know your numbers.

- The numbers...

It is not acceptable.

Not acceptable?

Not acceptable? - Not acceptable -Yes

Anyone can do acceptable,

I'm talking to you about revolution.

I am reminding you, Pinhas,

we came here to do a water survey.

Mr. Rutenberg! - Correct?

A survey of the water potential

in the Land of Israel.

Not a revolution, a water survey.

Your transformers

will not be there, or there...

And you know what? Not there, either.

Nothing will be here.

It is all a pipe dream.

- Mr. Rutenberg? - What!

Where should I stand.

- Riskin, come over here.

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