Director:  Ran Tal  

Producers:  Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Ran Tal  

Editor:  Nili Feller 

Cinematographer:  Daniel Kedem 

Sound Designer:  Alex Claude 

Sound Recording:  Tully Chen 

Music:  Avi Belleli 

Additional photography:  Itay Marom 





Israel 2012

74 min

Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Yidish

English Subtitles            




 The Garden of Eden  


The Garden of Eden




"The Garden of Eden” is the story of Gan HaShlosha, better known as the “Sakhne”, 

one of the largest, most famous and most visited parks in Israel. 


During the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons of one full year, the film documents the park’s transformation, and with a spectacular expression of cinematic beauty, it tells the stories of the people who visit the park and work therein: Yaacov, whose wife left him and who has since been living a sad and lonely existence; Athir, who is planning to move to Canada because life in Israel does not enable him to reach his full potential; Yael, who was forced to wed at the age of 13 and suffered many years of physical and mental abuse; Itzhak, who has yet to recover from the death of his brother in war and seeks a refuge from the mourning in the cool waters. These are but some of the captivating and touching individuals which the camera encounters.


Director Ran Tal, who dismantled and reassembled the myth of the kibbutz in his film “Children of the Sun”, studies the innermost parts of Israeli society with humor, beauty, pain and compassion in the least expected location – a recreation park.​​​​​​​​​




 Best Director  - Jerusalem International Film Festival

 Best Feature  - Mediteran Film Festival - Grand Prix

 Best film  - Miradas Doc, Spain

 Best Documentary  - The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2013

 Best Editing  - The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2013

 Best Sound  - The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2013

 Best Original Score  - The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2013

 Best Photographing  - The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2013



Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2012

IDFA, Amsterdam, 2012

True/False Film Fest, 2013

HotDocs, Toronto, 2013

Independent Film Festival Boston, 2013

Planete + DOC Film Festival, Warsaw, 2013

DOC Fest Munch, 2013

Seret – London Israeli Film Festival, 2013

Pärnu Film Festival – Estonia, 2013

Mediteran Film Festival – Bosnia, 2013

New Orleans International Film Festival, 2013

Chicago Israeli Film Festival, 2013

Bucharest Jewish Film Festival, 2013

PKF Italy, 2013

International Jewish Film Festival – Australia, 2013

Miradas Doc – Spain, 2013

Other Israel Film Festival, NY, 2013

Camerimage – Poland, 2013

MATI Center Israeli Film Festival, USA,  2013

Washington Jewish Film Festival, 2014

Ithaca Jewish Film Festival, 2014

Detroit Jewish Film Festival, 2014

Crossing Europe Film Festival, 2014

Paris Israel Film Festival Isratim, 2014

Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2014

Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, 2014

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 2014

Ran Tal - Garden of Eden
Ran Tal - Garden of Eden
Ran Tal - Garden of Eden
Ran Tal - Garden of Eden
Ran Tal - Garden of Eden
Ran Tal - Garden of Eden
Ran Tal - Garden of Eden