Documentary. 70 min.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.
What happened during the 1950’s and 60’s to seven girls and women who arrived in Israel with their families from modern, cultured Morocco, Tunisia and Poland and found themselves plopped together in a development town (soon to be the home of Israel’s nuclear reactor) in the middle of the Negev? (One of them upon seeing her new home remarked, “I think they’re making a cowboy movie here.”) With humor, dignity and sorrow, each of them looks back and talks about the pain of leaving their native country, about the challenges of adapting to their new country, Israel, as an immigrant, 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 (The Women Pioneers)
Writer: Michal Aviad
Composer: Ophir Leibovitch
Awards: Winner, Van Leer Award for Best Israeli Documentary, 2016 Jerusalem International Film Festival
Aviad successfully conveys the incredible fortitude of these women in the early stages of the State of Israel.