• Production: Yifat Prestelnik Films
  • Starring: Ruchama Mandliel, Tikva Stolov, Marlin Venig
  • Written By: Efrat Shalom Danon, Gili A. Danon
  • Distributed By: Go2Films Distributions and Marketing
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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The Dreamers

Documentary | 2011 | 58 min.
Directed by: Efrat Shalom Danon

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish teacher Ruchama and wigmaker Tikva embark on a journey to fulfill their dream of making movies within the closed society in which they live. Ruchama is writing and producing her first film while Tikva prepares for her first acting role. Like other orthodox women who in recent years have started making films for strictly female audiences, they feel a strong need to express themselves despite strict rabbinical censorship. Will they find freedom in their art? The Dreamers delicately sketches the portrait of women trying to break new ground as artists in a patriarchal world. 

See more about The Dreamers at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

Rehovot International Women's Film Festival:
*Best Documentary

Syracuse International FIlm Festival

Zagreb Israeli FIlm Festival

Boston Jewish Film Festival

Toronto Jewish FIlm Festival

Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival

UK Jewish Film Festival

International Women's Film Festival

"Efrat Shalom Danon has created an exelent documentary offering hope and despair." Haaretz

"Their search for artistic expression that will not conflict with the strict practices of their community, their courage and resilience make this film an inspiring adventure."

"A delicate and poetic film offering a rare documentary glimpse into the complex world of female orthodox filmmakers." Maariv


"Documentary Filmmaking at its best" Galatz


"a beautiful, poetic cinematic portrait...This film is artistic, clever, touching and thought-provoking about the power of art and the power of dreams" Walla!


"A moving and thought provoking film. Ruhama and Tikva remain with the viewers after the screen goes silent. Esthetic, informative and touching" BeSheva


"The film presents the fascinating story of the first steps of the film industry among the women in the ultra orthodox sector." Makor Rishon


 "The idea of orthodox women filmmakers may sound like an oxymoron, but they do exist. Director Efrat Shalom Danon shines a surprising spotlight on this phenomenon in her meticulous directorial debut." HaBama



"This film can open our eyes to the world of ultra-orthodox women and how they are coping with their lives in a closed and patriarchal society" Amy Kronish

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