Colliding Dreams

Release Year: 2015
Running Time: 135
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English, Hebrew, Arabic
Closed Captioned: Yes
Subtitles: English
Genres: Documentary
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COLLIDING 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. 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.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Educational Reviews

“It's fairest, and most intelligent rendering of the history of Zionism and Israel that I've ever seen. A really impressive achievement. "

"A tour de force.  The editing is brilliant, the images powerful, the message unmistakable."

“Magnificent. Beautifully crafted; balanced, incredibly informative.”

“I was very moved by it. I hope my children will watch this film.”

"Faultless in explaining why Zionism, and why it created a trap from which no exit now appears visible. It is a movie for everyone."

 “It’s really fabulous…I would like to use the film as the centerpiece of a completely revised Middle East studies course.”

"It really made a difference in my life. What essential, valuable intellects for us to know—what great intelligences you brought to us. I have more of a sense of Israel than I have had in my 57 years—and much more a sense of authentic connection because of that."

"Honest, searching, affectionate, respectful, critical. A rare and tremendous educational vehicle. At the same time this is not propaganda. The film thoughtfully presents Palestinian perspectives, whose own national story has been thwarted by Israel's success."

Critical Acclaim

"A Significant Cinematic Achievement"

“Compelling and Engrossing. A film of ideas, a film of history.”

“A Great Documentary. Excellent, Incisive and Engrossing.”

"Colliding Dreams is as good a feature-length history of Zionism as we’re likely to get: judicious, sophisticated, attentive to a range of viewpoints..."

"A Definitive Work. Insightful and Objective. It cuts to the heart of the conflict."

“A thoughtful film committed to depicting the violence suffered by Palestinians and Israelis, the power differentials between them, and how that has changed.”

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