Fishermen in Jaffa (1960)

Length: 11 min. Format: 35 mm., b&w, documentary
Production: The Israeli Film Service
Cinematography: Adam Greenberg
Awarded a prize at the Japan Film Festival

A lyrical documentation of the world of Jaffa's fishermen. The influence of British documentary tradition - as well as the films of directors like Joris Ivens or Georges Franju - is evident in Fishermen in Jaffa. In a carefully-planned frail structure of narrative, the film progresses from daylight to night. In it Perlov creates at the same time a vast, panoramic view, and an intimate, private one - whether he films a lone cat wandering on the dock, or the glowing faces of the fishermen. This early film already depicts Perlov's unique style.