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Dimona Twist

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2016
  • 71 min.
  • Director(s): Michal Aviad
  • Producer(s): Ayelet Kait, Amir Harel


Seven women arrive in Israel in the 1950s and 1960s and are sent straight to
Dimona, a new town in the middle of the desert. Their life stories have never been
told before from their perspectives. They open up now and talk about the pain of
leaving their homes in North Africa and Poland, the difficulties of adjusting in their new homeland and their determined attempts to create rich and meaningful lives.

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Michal Aviad


Ayelet Kait, Amir Harel


Michal Aviad


Sharon (Shark) De Mayo, Itay Maron


Nili Feller

Original Music

Ophir Leibovitch

Original Language



English, French

Sound designer

Aviv Aldema

Involved broadcaster

Yes Docu

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Van Leer Award for Best Israeli Documentary Film
    Jerusalem International Film Festival

Muzeum Kinematografii w Łodzi, Poland, 2021

The Association of Israel Studies Conference- University of Illinois, USA, 2021

New Israel Fund, USA, 2020

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

Sacramento Jewish Federation, USA, 2020

KOLNOA Israeli Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2018

Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, Brasil, 2018

Palm Beach Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2018

The Spiro Ark, UK, 2018

Wesleyan University, USA, 2017

LA Sephardic Film Festival, USA, 2017

Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Israfest Foundation (LA Israeli FF), USA, 2017

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, USA, 2017

VIENNALE International Film Festival, USA, 2017

Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2017

Cleveland Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Southampton Cultural Center, USA, 2017

Moscow Jewish Film Festival, Russia, 2017

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

SERET, UK, 2017

NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Gainesville Jewish Film Festival (Jewish Council of North Central Florida), USA, 2017

Westchester Jewish Film Festival (Jacob Burns Film Center), USA, 2017

Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Paris, France, 2017

Maine Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

University of Illinois, USA, 2017

JCC Manhattan, USA, 2017

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2017

New York Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

AICE Israeli Film Festival, Australia, 2017

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2016

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  • "Aviad successfully conveys the incredible fortitude of these women in the early stages of the State of Israel. Her documentary captures the tragedy, fear, and, ultimately, the hope that allowed them to create the lives they desired."
    - Batya H. Carl, Kol HaBirah
  • "From its memorialization of the struggle of immigrants and refugees, representation of Jews of color, complicated portrayal of the relationship between Jews and Arabs, and profoundly feminist subjects, these stories of Dimona feel perfectly relevant in 2017. "
    - Mitali Desai, Jewish Women's Archive