• Production: Producer: Toby Perl Freilich
  • Distributed By: First Run Features, New Yorker Films
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment

Documentary | 2011 | 80 min.
Directed by: Toby Perl Freilich

This documentary examines the 100-year history of Israel's kibbutz movement, recreating its glorious past and chronicling its recent decline. The kibbutz movement was a successful experiment in pure communism, but can it keep going? Can it get through the trails of being radically socialist in a capitalist world? The film focuses on the heartbreak and hope of the modern kibbutz as a new generation struggles to ensure its survival.

See more about Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiement at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

"It all makes for an enlightening and evocative snapshot."

-Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times


“Inventing Our Life” is a fascinating introduction to a movement scrambling to adjust enough to guarantee a future, without severing all ties to its principled past."

-Daniel M. Gold, New York Times

"Toby Perl Freilich's thought-provoking docu "Inventing Our Life" sketches the history of the radically socialist, more-than-100-year-old kibbutz movement, and outlines its relationship to Zionism, the establishment of the state of Israel and changes in Israeli society. Using fine archival footage and photos, interviews with current and former kibbutzniks, and voiceover narration, Freilich chronicles the rise, decline and current metamorphosis of this utopian experiment in communal living. Scattered theatrical dates should build demand for ancillary."

-Alissa Simon, Variety

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