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The Dreamers

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2011
  • 58 min.
  • Director(s): Efrat Shalom Danon
  • Producer(s): Yifat Prestelnik


Orthodox teacher and wigmaker, Ruchama and Tikva, embark on a journey to fulfill their dream of making movies within their closed society.
Ruchama is writing and producing her first film while Tikva prepares for her first acting role. Like other orthodox women who in recent years have started making films for strictly female audiences, they feel a strong need to express themselves despite strict rabbinical censorship. A delicate portrait of women trying to break new ground as artists in a patriarchal world where they are to raise children and be the breadwinners. Will they find freedom in their art? How will they sound their voice within a strict world of limitations and prohibitions?

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Efrat Shalom Danon


Yifat Prestelnik


Avigail Sperber


Gili A. Danon

Original Language




Sound Designer

Shmulik Noifeld

Festival Highlights

IAC Cinematec Boston, USA, 2017

Lincoln Square Synagogue, USA, 2014

Doc Israel Stockholm, Sweden, 2014

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival , USA, 2013

Bucharest Jewish Film Festival , Romania, 2013

Joods Historisch Museum , Holland, 2013

Embassy of Israel in Zagreb , Croatia, 2012

Boston Jewish Film Festival , USA, 2012

Syracuse International Film Festival , USA, 2012

Rio de Janeiro International Jewish Film Festival , Brazil, 2012

Toronto Jewish Film Festival , Canada, 2012

Doku Budapest , Hungary, 2012

Film IsReal Holland , Holland , 2012

Fipa Biarritz , Switzerland, 2012

UK Jewish Film Festival , UK, 2011

Religion Today , Italy, 2011

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