Israeli Early Cinema

In memory of Jospeh Halachmi (1933-2019), Founder & Film historian

Joseph Halachmi a retired film & tv director - producer and now a world renowed film & cinema hostorian with an Israeli Early Cinema speciality.

Halachmi is the son of early israely film director Chaim Halachmi & acctress Dvora Halachmi.

Film & TV Director-Producer
Israeli Film Historian & Researcher
Israeli Educational Television (Retired)

Born April - 1933, Died September - 2019

Film & TV

1953-1961 - “Israeli Motion Pictures Studios": Negative Inspector, Editor, Cinematographer and Director.
1961-1965 - Freelancer: Editor, Scriptwriter, and Educational Films Maker.
1965-1998 - ¬“Israeli Educational Television”: Director, Producer, Editor, Scriptwriter, and several managerial posts.
1966-1975 – Army Reserves Service: Combat Cinematographer for the IDF Spokesman Unit.



1995 – “No Matter What – Essays on the Beginnings of the Pre-State Israeli Film”.
2009 – "Fresh Wind", the story of the first Zionist propaganda film, 1899-1902, produced by Dr. Herzl.
Both books were published by "The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive" in The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
2014 – "The Tale of Deborah", Memories of Deborah Halachmi, a digital edition, by The Beit-Berl College in Israel.
All books are in Hebrew.


Papers on the history of Israeli and Jewish Film and Photography –in: “Tel-Aviv Cinématique”, “The World of Photography & Video”, “Cathedra”, "Minhalton" (Heb.), “Jews in Eastern Europe”, “Film History”, "Griffithiana", “Domitor” publications (Eng), and others.

Research & Expertise

Researching the Zionist and pre-state Israeli film (Palestine under the Turkish Empire Regime and the rule of the British Mandate).
Conducting the project of assembling sources of filming in pre-state Israel (1897-1947).
Learner and writer of Jewish Studies
B.A. (Sociology &Politics). Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel)
MSPC (Communications). Clark University (USA).

Address: P.O.B. 2738, Ramat-Hasharon, Israel 4721670.
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