Noa at 17
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|Noa at 17|
|Directed by||Itzhak Zepel Yeshurun|
|Produced by||Itzhak Zepel Yeshurun|
|Written by||Itzhak Zepel Yeshurun|
|Music by||Isaac Steiner|
|Editing by||Tova Asher|
|Distributed by||Ergo Media (US)|
|Running time||86 minutes|
Noa at 17 (Hebrew: נועה בת 17) is a 1982 Israeli drama written and directed by Itzhak Zepel Yeshurun. It was shot over only two weeks. In 2003, actress Dahlia Shimko reprised her role as Noa in the director's sequel, No Longer 17.
Amid the political turmoil of the early 1950s in Israel, Noa (Dalia Shimko) is a fiercely independent 17-year-old member of a youth movement who finds herself in disagreement with her parents and her collective-minded, Zionist friends. She is caught between her desire to join a kibbutz and her parents' wish for her to graduate high school. At the same time, Noa's struggle is also part of a larger argument that divides the young nation. The bitter ideological battle taking place within the kibbutz movement following the Korean War whether to follow the model of the Soviet Union or that of the capitalist west threatens to fracture families, friendships and whole communities. Noa must fight for her individuality, her right to doubt and question all belief systems, but in the end finds herself isolated and disillusioned.
- Dalia Shimko as Noa
- Adi Ne'eman
- Osnat Ofer
- Shmuel Shilo as Shraga
- Idit Tzur as Bracha
- Moshe Havazelet
The film received high critical praise and relative success at the box office, selling some 190,000 tickets.
- Judd Ne'eman, "Israeli Cinema," in Oliver Leaman, ed., Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film (Routledge, 2001), p. 300.