Women Make Movies
Purchase a ticket to the event and watch the following films at leisure between March 1st-March 7th. Links to the films will be emailed to ticket holders by March 1st.
Be The Change: Celebrating Lilly Rivlin
On the eve of International Women’s Day, Partners for Progressive Israel honors Lilly Rivlin, whose work gives visibility to women's achievements and their fight for justice. A renowned filmmaker, Lilly Rivlin uses her talents for Tikkun Olam—to “repair the world.” Her work underscores our historic Jewish obligation to promote and protect human rights, dignity, and the inclusion of all.
Lilly brings to her audiences an awareness of political turmoil, conflicts, hatred and divisions, with a focus on women who fight for justice, peace and inclusion. Her films refuse the silencing of suffering, featuring marginalized voices including women and promoters of peace—Israeli, Palestinian and American. While exploring the limits of women’s efforts in a political arena that denies them a seat at the negotiating table, Lilly’s work ultimately reveals women’s ongoing commitment to peace.
Her presence on the board of Partners for Progressive Israel since its inception has been vitally important. Whenever issues regarding human rights arose, it was Lilly's words that so often stood out. Lilly's tenure as Partners' Board President was a time of innovative, out-of-box ideas. Through three decades—and continuing today—Lilly's voice of protest in the face of injustice is still strong and ever-present.
Award winning filmmaker, writer and political activist, Lilly Rivlin lives in New York City. Rivlin was born in Jerusalem and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1945. She did her graduate degree in Political Science at U of C, Berkeley. Before focusing on documentaries, she was a journalist, and foundation consultant on the Middle East and women.
Rivlin was selected as the 2013-14 recipient of the annual Miller Distinguished Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award. In August,2014, Rivlin had a Mini-Retrospective at the Bay area, JCC. The ‘personal is political’ is expressed in the documentaries she produced, directed and wrote.
Her most recent film, Heather Booth: Changing the World was conceived as part of a trilogy about feminist activists in the late 20th century and the beginning of the twenty-first century. The subjects of her first two films, Grace Paley and Esther Broner were both artists, both writers as well as activists. Heather Booth is an organizer, whose art is organizing. Her refrain, which will be heard, at several points of the film is: If you organize you can change the world.
In chronological order her films are Heather Booth: Changing the World (2017), Esther Broner: A Weave of Women (2013) and before that the award winning film, Grace Paley: Collected Shorts (2010); Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace (2006); Gimme a Kiss (2000); Miriam's Daughters Now, which aired on PBS and Israel TV (1986); The Tribe, CUNY TV (1983).
She contributed to such works as Expulsion and Memory (1995); Full Circle, a film about women’s role in kibbutzim (1995); If Not Now When? (1988); Pillars of Fire, Israel TV’s 18-part series on the history of Zionism (1983); The Jews - a series commissioned by David Puttnam and Sandy Lieberson (1970-72).
Ms. Rivlin’s articles were published in Newsweek, MS Magazine, The Washington Post, Lear’s and US Magazine. Other publications include Welcome to Israel, with Gila Gevirtz, (2000); Which Lilith? – Feminist Writers Recreate the World’s First Woman, co-edited with Enid Dame and Henny Wenkart (1998); concept and photographs for When Will the Fighting Stop? A Child’s View of Jerusalem (1990).
She began her prominence as an expert on Jewish history with her work as the principal researcher for the best selling account of the 1947 siege of O Jerusalem, by Larry Collins and Dominque Lapierre, (1972).
Partners for Progressive Israel is a progressive American Zionist organization dedicated to the achievement of a durable and just peace between the State of Israel and its neighbors, which includes an end to Israel’s occupation based on a two-state solution. We support Israelis working to ensure social justice, civil rights, and equality for all of Israel’s inhabitants. Partners promotes a just Israeli society by cultivating Jewish-Arab partnerships and seeks to deepen American Jews’ understanding of the complexities of both Israeli and Palestinian societies.
The Women’s Initiative focuses on sharing the voices of women from Palestine, Israel and the global Jewish diaspora. Vital insights and successes of women in these communities are often suppressed or lost in conversations and political decisions. The Women’s Initiative provides a platform for them to be heard and supported. We value the perspectives of women from all social and political spheres: activists, academics, culture builders, politicians, and grassroots workers.
By centering these voices the Women’s Initiative opens the door to new perceptions and innovative solutions. It strives to deconstruct assumptions, challenge outdated narratives, and seeks to infuse hope into unresolved, on-the-ground conditions.