Desert Tested (susita)

Haifa Film Festival

The Susita is well known in Israel: for many years it was considered a groundbreaking Israeli invention in the world of industry that had put Israel on the map. Its fiberglass shell, made it an international vehicle. The young State of Israel was convinced it had started a revolution. The Golden Age of the first Israeli automobile began a moment before 1960. The car, with its British engine brought glory to the State of Israel. Today, five decades later, a few Susitas which have stood the test of time still rumble around, hiding the story of a dream and its disillusionment: to create an automobile industry that would take over the world (or at least the country). If so, what's the TRUE story behind the Susita, and why will there never be an automobile here that's MADE IN ISRAEL?

Director: Avi weissblei

Producer: Avi Weissblei



Production Company: amorAim Films
Duration: 65 min.
Date of Release: 01.10.2020
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • Haifa Film Festival
    Documentary Competition

Involved Broadcasters

yes Docu – DBS Satellite Service

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

The New Fund for Cinema and TV


Biography, Drama Documentary, History, Newest Arrivals