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A film by Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky

US • 2015 • 135 minutes • 1:85 • Stereo • NR • English


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Theodor HerzlCOLLIDING DREAMS recounts the dramatic history of one of the most controversial, and urgently relevant political ideologies of the modern era. The century-old conflict in the Middle East continues to play a central role in world politics. And yet, amidst this fierce, often-lethal controversy, the Zionist idea of a homeland for Jews in the land of ancient Israel remains little understood and its meanings often distorted. COLLIDING DREAMS addresses that void with a gripping exploration of Zionism’s meaning, history and future.

“Admirably balanced and comprehensive.
Thoughtful and Invaluable.
Stands as a significant cinematic achievement.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“Faultless in explaining ‘why Zionism’,
and why it created a trap from which no exit now appears visible.
Nathan Glazer, Co-Author Beyond the Melting Pot

Told through the remarkable lives and voices of Jews and Palestinians living in the Middle East today, COLLIDING DREAMS weaves together past and present, ideas and passions, wars and peace talks, brilliant minds with the voices of ordinary citizens to develop a film portrait of unprecedented depth and sensitivity.

COLLIDING DREAMS is essential viewing. From award winning filmmakers Joseph Dorman (Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness and Arguing the World) and Oren Rudavsky (A Life Apart: Hasidism in America and Hiding and Seeking).

“I heard once somebody describing Zionism as a person
escaping a burning building jumping out of the window
and falling on somebody else’s head.”
– Orly Noy, Israeli peace activist

“A must see. Not only for Jews, but for non-Jews and
even those who have issues with the existence of Israel.”
– Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

Few ideas in the modern era have had as momentous an impact on the world as Zionism. Born in the late 19th century, this seemingly utopian dream was meant to solve the age-old problem of anti-Semitism and to allow a place for Jewish life and culture to thrive in the modern world. Few could have envisioned its remarkable and rapid success: the creation in less than a century of a thriving democratic Jewish state.

And yet despite its success, the very legitimacy of the Zionist Idea – and the State of Israel – are questioned more today than ever before. The debate over Israel -- triggered by the latest war or terrorist attack or national election – is often guided by emotion rather than substance, by fear or anger rather than a thorough understanding of Zionism and its history. COLLIDING DREAMS has been created to address the need for this deeper understanding.

“A tour de force.
The editing is brilliant, the images powerful, the message unmistakable.”
Uri D. Herscher, Founding Pres & CEO, Skirball Cultural Center

“Magnificent. Beautifully crafted; balanced, incredibly informative.”
John Ruskay, Exec VP Emeritus, UJA Federation of NY

Incorporating interviews with writers, politicians, activists, the young and the old, Israeli and Palestinian, together with rarely seen footage culled from archives all over the world, the film focuses on several critical moments in the history of Zionism: its origins in Europe; the early relations between Jews and Palestinians in turn of the century Palestine; the 1948 war known alternately as the War of Independence and the Nakba; the euphoria of the Jewish People and the devastation felt by Palestinians after Six Day War of 1967; the messianic West Bank Settlement Movement and the idealism of the Peace Movement; and the colliding forces among Jews, and between Jews and Palestinians today.

COLLIDING DREAMS takes a dramatic, nuanced and multi-perspective look at how the idea behind the Jewish State has evolved. Its emotional resonance comes from allowing all sides to talk passionately, freely and honestly.




New York Jewish Film Festival
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Miami Jewish Film Festival
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Other Israel Film Festival, NYC

Washington DC Jewish Film Festival


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