Nov. 4. Part of our 4th annual evening of Films By & About Women. Hosted by Hadassah, ORT, Na‘Amat, SHALVA and the Women’s Division of Israel Bonds.

50 minutes. 2013. Director: Michal Aviad. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Genres: Documentary, Memoir.

Post-screening Q&A by Northwestern University professor Phyllis Lassner.

More than 100 years ago, long before “feminism” became a household word, well-educated chalutzot (women pioneers) came to Israel arrived determined to transform their revolutionary ideals into a new world where women could be as independent as men. A few dozen of these remarkable women helped establish Kibbutz Ein Harod. Through amazing archival film footage, photographs and diaries, beautifully narrated, Michal Oviad brings the their emotional and physical struggles for equality to life.

About the Guest Speaker

Phyllis Lassner

Phyliss Lassner

Phyllis Lassner is Professor in the Crown Center for Jewish Studies, The Gender Studies and Writing Programs at Northwestern University. In addition to books and articles on interwar and wartime women writers and on Holocaust literature and film, she has co-edited the volume, Antisemitism and Philosemitism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. She created and is Editor of the Northwestern University Press Series, Cultural Expressions of World War II: Interwar Preludes, Responses, Memory, which just published Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust. She also holds the International Diamond Jubilee Fellowship at Southampton University, UK

The Women Pioneers