Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment
Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment (2012)

Set against the backdrop of its glorious 100-year history, Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment reveals the heartbreak and hope of Israel's modern kibbutz movement as a new generation struggles to ensure its survival. Can a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: April 25, 2012
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

It all makes for an enlightening and evocative snapshot.

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Alissa Simon

Toby Perl Freilich's thought-provoking docu Inventing Our Life sketches the history of the radically socialist, more-than-100-year-old kibbutz movement.

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Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

An unimaginative but sturdy account of the Israeli kibbutz movement.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Freilich includes interviews with three generations of kibbutzniks and some fascinating historical footage going back to the 1920s.

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Daniel M. Gold
New York 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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An ethically rich and bold documentary on the 100 year old kibbutz movement in Israel.

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Ella Taylor

Inventing Our Life hosts a conversation about a utopian dream as it encounters the realities of social change and human limitation.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

Despite a few minor objections raised by some kibbutzniks, the film takes for granted the near unimpeachability of the original communities, giving only token mention of issues like gender inequality.

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

While very informative, it doesn't work as an introduction to kibbutzim because it requires the viewer to have some prior knowledge of the history of Israel.

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