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CCTV, China’s national TV channel(s), produced a documentary TV series about Israel called “Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey” (走近以色列, zou jin yiselie). There was a recent launch event , and the episodes are already screening in China and available on the web.

 

Israeli TV station Channel 2 had an enthusiastic Hebrew introduction to the Chinese project :

 

Here’s from People’s Daily :

image thumb2 CCTV China Documentary : Walk into Israel The Land of Milk and Honey china asia in israel

An event to mark the launch of the TV documentary series "Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey," the first comprehensive TV series about the Jewish civilization and the State of Israel produced by CCTV, was held at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on July 29.

"The TV documentary series ‘Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey’ is the most important TV series ever produced in China about Israel and the Jewish People, and it offers the viewer an historical, comprehensive and systematic introduction to the Jewish civilization and Israel," said Guy Kivetz, Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel in Beijing.

"Through this amazing program, which explores and unveils the wonders of the State of Israel and the contributions of the Jewish Civilization to the world, we are now able to present the real and bountiful Israel to the Chinese public. We are sure that this program will enhance the understanding of Israel in China and will therefore further promote friendly relations between the two peoples," he said.
Amos Nadai, Ambassador of Israel to China, delivered a speech during the launching event.

He said "Israel and China are two great civilizations known for their contributions to mankind and two modern states that share a rich history and many modern challenges. After watching the TV series, people may have a better understanding of the history and development of the 4000-year-old Jewish civilization as well as the rapid development of the modern State of Israel. This series has the potential to enhance mutual understanding and traditional friendship between Chinese and Jewish nations, promote cooperation between the two peoples and jointly build a better future for all. "

 

The Global Times reports :

image thumb5 CCTV China Documentary : Walk into Israel The Land of Milk and Honey china asia in israel Visiting the holy city, or walking the Stations of the Cross, wailing at the Western Wall, or chanting the Ninety-nine of Allah, Israel is a land carved from beliefs. On July 29, at the launch of the TV documentary series Walk into Israel-The Land of Milk and Honey, around 450 people enjoyed a virtual tour of Israel to experience the art, music, history and faith of its people.

"The documentary series is a window which shows the miracle that is Israel to Chinese," said Le Qiliang, a Chinese audience.

The 12-episode TV series is also an interesting window into their own land for Israelis. "Seeing the amazing things presented in the series gives me a new-found respect for our civilization," said Israeli Sofia Ronen.

[…]  "Before I took over the program, I had little knowledge of Jewish civilization and people; my only knowledge was from movies such as Life is Beautiful and Schindler’s List. It took me two years to finish the documentary series," he said.

"And what shocked me most was the Jewish civilization and their national identity have been so well preserved throughout the 2,000 years and many hardships," Qi continued.

In the past two years, director Qi and his crew went to Israel several times, and used their lenses to explore and unveil the wonders of the State of Israel and their contributions to the world.

"Undeniably the program offers the viewer a historical, comprehensive and systematic introduction to the Jewish civilization and Israel. We are sure it will present the real and bountiful Israel to Chinese people and enhance the mutual understanding of the two nations," added Guy Kivetz, Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the embassy of Israel in Beijing.

Amos Nadai, Ambassador of Israel to China, spoke at the event, saying "After watching the TV series, people may have better understanding of the 4,000-year-old Jewish civilization, as well as the rapid development of the modern State of Israel." He added that he hopes the series will bring the better understanding of two peoples, promote cooperation between the Chinese and Israelis, and build a better future for all.

The 12-episode HDTV documentary series is now being broadcast on CCTV-2, and will be broad-cast on CCTV’s other leading channels in future.

 

Israel National News has a bit more to add about the Israel-China relations :

China’s CCTV has launched its first-ever series on Jewish history and Israel. The series, a documentary, is titled "Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey."

"Walk into Israel" was launched at an event in Beijing covered by the People’s Daily Online.

Israeli ambassador Amos Nadai spoke at the event, as did Guy Kivetz, the Israeli embassy’s Director of Communications. Both expressed hope that the TV show would “enhance understanding.” […]

Ties between Israel and China were virtually non-existent prior to the 1980s due to China’s support for the Muslim world and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The two nations developed military ties in the 1980s, and formally established diplomatic ties in the early 1990s.

Trade between the countries has since surpassed $4 billion per year.

 

Episode 1 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 2 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 3 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 4 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 5 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 6 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 7 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 8 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 9 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 10 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 11 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Episode 12 – Walk into Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey – CCTV

 

Original event invitation – Israel Chamber of Commerce in China.

 

I quickly browsed through the first couple of episodes. If you watched it, do let me know what you thought of it.



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  • http://sph.hku.hk/en/faculty_and_staff_detail.php?name=freeman,guy Guy

    This is wonderful, thank you!

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Thanks Guy. Nice Posterous… always nice finding someone with similar background/interests.

  • http://sph.hku.hk/en/faculty_and_staff_detail.php?name=freeman,guy Guy

    I should be in HK in a few months.. Get in touch if you’ll be there too ;)

    I have a Chinese friend who loves the program! So if you know anyone involved with the program, please thank them.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Guy – yes, do get in touch with me when you’re coming over.

    I’m actually hoping to talk to someone who was involved with this program. Can’t get enough info on that.

    • Guy

      Dear “Fili”,
      My name is Guy Kivetz, I’m the Director of Communications & Public Diplomacy of the Israeli Embassy in Beijing and the one to “blame” for the TV documentary. I’ve initiated the idea of making a comprehensive program introducing Israel over 3 years ago, just before coming to Beijing. After arriving to Beijing I have started to look for such opportunities and not long after have met director Qi Kejun, who was in the process of making a big documentary series for CCTV. In Chinese we call it “Yuan Fen” (destiny) that our paths had cross and the right time. It took us 3 years of hard work and the outcome was pretty much what I planed and hope for – the most comprehensive presentation of Israel ever been done in the Chinese TV (and maybe any other for that matter).
      The series was broadcast on CCTV during the summer and we hope that it will be re-broadcast again soon.
      As our main target for this program was the Chinese audience, we don’t have a Hebrew/English version for now. The program might be broadcast in the future in Israel (and maybe elsewhere), if so, it will include subtitles.
      Thanks for posting the program on your blog.
      Take care,
      Guy
      press@beijing.mfa.gov.il

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Maor – thanks for sharing that. Was it on the Saturday news edition in channel 2? I’ll try and look that up.

    There were a few interesting travel shows that came to Israel from Taiwan a while back. I guess there’s a growing interest in Israel in that region.

  • Maor

    This is amazing. There was just a nice coverage of the show in Israel’s leading public TV station (Channel 2). I would really like to see and also to understand (hopefully this will be translated into English at some point). It really seems to be the most comprehensive documentary ever done on the Jewish history, people and land, and I think that it is great that the Chinese did it and now the Western world, which tends to be quite prejudice about Israel and the Jewish people.

    Thank you so much for this article and the videos! and best regards from Israel,
    Maor

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Tal – glad you like it. it is quite extraordinary. I’ll be sure to post the updates when the versions with either English or Hebrew subtitles come out.

  • Tal

    wow ! this is amazing. I live in Israel and we really want someone to translate it to English so we can buy a copy !

    Thanks!

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Brian – not sure, but if I’ll come across such a version (English or Heb subs) I’ll be sure to post it here again. If you come across anything, please do come and report back to us.

  • Brianmalone

    Hi Fili

    Thank you for posting this. Do you know if there will ever be an English subtitled version?

    Thanks,
    Brian

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Hjjh – I’m afraid I can’t. You’ll have to wait for some Israeli channel to do this as a project.

  • Roymachluf2

    translate this to hebrew subtitles pleas

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

      Roy – I’ve heard the Israeli Beijing office is considering doing something about that. Hopefully a Hebrew version will come soon enough.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    JH – yeah, not yet, hopefully some Israeli channel will pick it up in the future.

  • Roymachluf2

    i gast want to see it in full (hebrow tranclate pleasssss) :)

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