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  • 90
    Ella Taylor NPR

    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. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 75
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    Freilich includes interviews with three generations of kibbutzniks and some fascinating historical footage going back to the 1920s. show more

  • May 05, 2012 myABisOn
    Report This User

    Informative, especially if you\'ve ever been to one. I have, and it brought many fond memories. Well done.

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