The Garden of Eden

Gan HaShlosha, better known as the “Sakhne”, is 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 studies the innermost parts of Israeli society with humor, beauty, pain and compassion in the least expected location – a recreation park.



Country of Production

Year of Production


75 min

Ran Tal

Lama Films in co-production with YES

Original Language
Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Yiddish


Festivals / Awards

Jerusalem IFF 2012 (Award Best Director)
IDFA 2012
True/False IFF 2013
Hot Docs Toronto 2013
Boston IFF 2013
Planete Doc Review IDF Warsaw 2013
DOK.fest Munich 2013