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Documentary examines Zionism’s history, future

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Two Jewish American directors, Joseph Dorman (Arguing the World) and Oren Rudavsky (A Life Apart: Hasidism in America), combined their talents to write, produce and direct Colliding Dreams (available on DVD from Kino Lorber), which examines Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even at 134 minutes, a film tracing the disintegration of the Jewish diaspora in Europe and waves of migration to Palestine has to cover a lot of ground quickly. The film, which relies on commentary by eminent Israeli and Palestinian historians and literary figures, largely succeeds in surveying the Zionist movement and its discontents. An introductory message says that the story is told “through the eyes of inhabitants of the land.” And an epigram by Theodor Herzl introduces the film: “All the deeds of men are dreams at first, and become dreams at the end.” — Mordecai Specktor

(American Jewish World, 10.21.16)

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