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Dimona Twist


General Information

Israel, 2016 | Documentary, 70 min.
Director: Michal Aviad
Producers: Ayelet Kait, Amir Harel

 

Synopsis

Seven women arrive in Israel by ship in the 1950s and 1960s and are sent straight to Dimona, a town recently established in the desert. They now open up and share their life stories that have never before been told from their perspectives. What happened during the first fifteen years to the girls and women who arrived with their families from North Africa and Poland and found themselves building a town in the middle of 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. In the film Dimona Twist, which mixes between conversations with the protagonists and private and public archives, they recount the struggles they took part in and the insights they gained, with humor, sorrow and dignity.

Awards & Festivals

Awards

Winner of the Van Leer award for Best Israeli Documentary Film- Jerusalem Interantional Film Festival, Israel, 2016

 

Festivals

Official Competition- Jerusalem Interantional Film Festival, Israel, 2016

Credits

Director: Michal Aviad

Producers: Ayelet Kait, Amir Harel

Supported by    Yes Documentary, The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Barbara Dobkin, The Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts

Script: Michal Aviad

Photography: Sharon (Shark) De Mayo, Itay Maron

Editor: Nili Feller

Sound Design: Aviv Aldema

Music: Ophir Leibovitch

Original Language: Hebrew

Subtitles: English

 

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 "Inspirational filmmaking of the first order.” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

“Astounding and thoroughly inspirational.” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

"A soulful salute to a distinctly 21st-century phenomenon that's also an old-fashioned fairy tale come true.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter 

"Thru You Princess is pure positivity.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

 “It's almost impossible not to be charmed by guileless, good-hearted Princess Shaw herself and her real-life Cinderella story.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter 

“Compelling and inspiring.” - Steve Pond, The Wrap 

“One of the Toronto Film Festival’s wildest true stories.” - Steve Pond, The Wrap 

“Inspiring. An essential tale for the digital age.” (A-) - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

 “Touching. Offers an upbeat alternative to gloomier looks at identity in the digital age." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire 

“A total delight.” - Kase Wickman, MTV.com

 "Thru You Princess would have all the Facebook likes if it popped up on BuzzFeed tomorrow.” - Matt Patches, Esquire.com

 “[Princess] Shaw is such a vibrant, authentic character, you can't help but root for her.” - Matt Patches, Esquire.com

 “Will actually make you feel good about humanity—and the Internet.” - Brian Raftery, Yahoo! Movies 

“A reminder that the porous borders of the web can yield not only great art, but also even greater empathy.” - Brian Raftery, Yahoo! Movies 

"It's easy to ‘Like' Thru You Princess—but it's even easier to love it.” - Brian Raftery, Yahoo! Movies

**** "Brilliant documentary. Completely fascinating." - Dwight Brown, The Huffington Post 

"Radiating with vivacity and affection for its subjects... A wonderful, uncommon sensation." - Sam Fragoso, Wired.com 

"[A] joyously uplifting documentary.” - Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star 

“It’s nothing short of a triumph.” - Jordan Hoffman, The Times of Israel 

“Intelligent, original and enthralling.” - Neta Alexander, Haaretz 

**** - The Guardian 

“A lovely portrait of artists coming together to make one another shine.” - Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine 

"[An] emotional, cross-continental rollercoaster ride.” - Michael-Oliver Harding, DAZED 

“Brings renewed optimism in the WWW.” - Michael-Oliver Harding, VICE 

“A thrilling new remix on 'A Star is Born.’” - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest 

“[A] wonderful film.” - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

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