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  • Summary: Inventing Our Life examines the 100 year history of Israel's kibbutz movement, one of the world's longest running and most successful experiments in pure communism. Recreating its glorious past and chronicling its recent decline, Inventing Our Life focuses on the heartbreak and hope of the modern kibbutz, as a new generation struggles to insure its survival. Can a radically socialist institution survive a new market-driven reality with its ideological integrity intact? How will this affect the lives of the tens of thousands of people who still believe in the kibbutz experiment and continue to call it home? As the film progresses, the drama shifts from Can it survive? to Yes, but at what price? Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Apr 27, 2012
    90
    Judged by the ideological terms on which it was founded, you could say the kibbutz experiment has failed. I, for one, could never have made a permanent home there. Yet the sense of community was real, and those cavernous dining halls supply some of the happiest memories of my youth.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 27, 2012
    75
    Freilich includes interviews with three generations of kibbutzniks and some fascinating historical footage going back to the 1920s.
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Apr 24, 2012
    70
    Inventing Our Life is a fascinating introduction to a movement scrambling to adjust enough to guarantee a future, without severing all ties to its principled past.
  4. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Apr 24, 2012
    70
    Toby Perl Freilich's thought-provoking documentary Inventing Our Life sketches the history of the radically socialist, more-than-100-year-old kibbutz movement.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 24, 2012
    50
    Worse, the film never challenges the traditional Zionist narrative of the kibbutzim developing an untamed land, paying only lip service to the fact that it was already inhabited before the Jewish settlers got there.
  6. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Apr 25, 2012
    50
    While very informative, it doesn't work as an introduction to kibbutzim because it requires the viewer to have some prior knowledge of the history of Israel.
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