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These programs allow talented underprivileged teenagers to fulfill their potential by providing them with a challenging program of enrichment and leadership training at the Ruppin Institute of Marine Science. Talented 7th graders from all backgrounds of Israeli society in the lower socio-economic levels are chosen - programs run for 2 years.

ESRA Raanana Cinema Club 'Dimona Twist'

ESRA Raanana Audrey Goodman Cinema Club

"Dimona Twist"

The story of seven immigrant women building a new town and new lives in the middle of the desert

Israel, 2016 | Documentary, 70 min.
Directed by Michal Aviad

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

Director Michal Aviad will speak after the screening

Photo courtesy of Alice Saraga

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.

"A marvelous film" Yediot Acharonot
"A must-see film if you wish to explore Israel's history from the women's point of view."
  Israel Today 
"Dimona Twist will echo on your mind for a long time." Walla

Michal Aviad was  born  in  Jerusalem.  She  studied  Literature,  Philosophy  and  Cinema.  During  the 1980s she lived in San Francisco, where she started making films. Since returning to Israel in 1991, she has continued to write, direct and produce award-winning documentary films.

Her films include: Acting Our  Age (1987, USA), The Women Next Door (1992, USA-Israel), Ever Shot Anyone?(1995, Israel), Jenny & Jenny (1997, Israel), Ramleh (2001, Israel),and For My Children (2002, Israel).  All these films travelled  in  many International  film  festivals and received prizes and critical acclaim. In 2011 Aviad completed her first fiction film, Invisible (2011, 35 mm, 90 min, Israel-Germany), which has received the Ecumenical  Prize  at the Berlin International Film Festival, Best Film and Best Actress at the Haifa Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the Women Film Festival in Creteil, France.

Photo of Michal Aviad courtesy of Michal Heiman

In  2013  she  completed  to  write  and  direct The  Women  Pioneers (51-min)  This documentary  made  of  archives,  uncovers  the  passion,  struggle  and  pain  of  women pioneers who came to Palestine a  hundred years ago to create a new world and a new woman. It received the Research Prize, DocAviv Film Festival, Best  Documentary, Women Film Festival, Israel and Best Experimental Film, Polish Jewish Film  Festival, Warsaw, 2014. In 2016 Aviad has completed to write and direct Dimona Twist, on the immigration of seven women from North Africa and Poland to Dimona in the desert.

Currently she is working on her next fiction full length film.  Aviad is a faculty member at Tel Aviv University's Department of Film and Television.


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