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Summary

While combing the world's archives for historical material to use for an Israeli history channel that never came to fruition, Avishai Kfir discovered a remarkable cache of color home movies shot by a Jewish-American businessman who made frequent trips to Israel during its early years. I WAS THERE IN COLOR tracks Fred Monosson’s footage from his travels to Europe immediately after WWII, witnessing firsthand the destruction of cities and fresh ruins of concentration camps to the first stirrings of the Zionist state taking root in British Palestine. Monosson’s philanthropy granted him unusual access and in his footage we see legendary figures like Golda Meir and David Ben-Gurion at ease. Though Monosson himself remains something of an enigma, his footage will be of significant interest to those curious about Israel’s early history.

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