|Directed by||Nadav Levitan|
|Produced by||Doron Eran|
|Written by||Gadi Danzig
|Music by||Chava Alberstein|
|Editing by||Shimon Tamir|
|Running time||95 minutes|
The death of Joseph Stalin in the 1950s leads to an ideological crisis on a kibbutz that identifies with communist principles. The blind faith of three elderly shoemakers, who previously abused a young boy daring to criticize Stalin, begins to disintegrate when they learn of the Soviet leader's crimes and the manifest antisemitism on display at the Prague Trials.
The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. Although it was both a critical and commercial failure, it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and was the first Israeli feature to participate in the Moscow and Warsaw Film Festivals.
Yehuda (Judd) Neeman, a film researcher and director, has said that Stalin's Disciples was "the first film to look ironically at Stalinism and the kibbutz movement. . . [Levitan] took characters from the actual fabric of the kibbutz he knew, little by little wove the pieces, and at the end of the film there is the charming moment when one of the heroes looks at the sky, doesn't believe that this era has ended, looks at the moon and instead of seeing the crescent, sees the hammer and sickle. In my eyes, this is a brilliant cinematic touch and also a statement of political film, which was at its peak here in those days."
- "Festival de Cannes: Stalin's Disciples". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
- Judd Ne'eman, "Israeli Cinema," in Oliver Leaman, ed., Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film (Routledge, 2001), p. 319.
- Quoted in Nirit Anderman (January 12, 2010), "Nadav Levitan, 1945-2010", Haaretz (accessed November 10, 2012).