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Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
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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 radically socialist institution survive a new capitalist reality? How will painful reforms affect those who still believe in the kibbutz experiment, and continue to call it home? -- (C) First Run

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It all makes for an enlightening and evocative snapshot.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Freilich includes interviews with three generations of kibbutzniks and some fascinating historical footage going back to the 1920s.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Inventing Our Life hosts a conversation about a utopian dream as it encounters the realities of social change and human limitation.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Toby Perl Freilich's thought-provoking docu Inventing Our Life sketches the history of the radically socialist, more-than-100-year-old kibbutz movement.

April 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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"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.

April 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

April 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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An unimaginative but sturdy account of the Israeli kibbutz movement.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A valuable history lesson about an idealistic blueprint for nirvana ultimately frustrated by something as simple as basic human nature.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
AALBC.com

An evenly balanced doc about Israel's noble, socialist experiment: the kibbutz

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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