Michal Aviad, Israel, 2016, 70MIN, Hebrew with English subtitles
Israeli documentarian Michal Aviad (The Women Pioneers) returns to the NYJFF with another moving film focusing on the lives of women in Israel, specifically those from North Africa and Poland who came by ship in the 1950s and 1960s and were sent to Dimona, a newly established town in the desert. They talk about the pain of leaving their homes behind, about poverty and the difficulties of adjusting in their new homeland, and about their determined attempts to create rich and meaningful lives. These intimate conversations are interwoven with stunning archival footage and music of the time.
Director Michal Aviad in person for Q&A at both screenings.