Dimona twist

דימונה טוויסט

Sun 14/5, 18:30, JW3
Mon 15/5, 14:30, JW3

Director/Writer: Michal Aviad

Producers: Ayelet Kait, Amir Harel
2016, 71 minutes, Documentary

UK Premiere

Solange, Sonia, Ilana, Alice, Huguette, Esther and Hana. Seven women arrive in Israel by ship in the 1950s and 1960s and are sent straight to Dimona.
They now share their life stories, never told before, intertwined with images from private
and public archives, from their own candid perspectives. What happened in the first fifteen years to the girls and women who arrived with their families from North Africa and Poland and found themselves building a town in the middle of the desert?
They talk about the pain of leaving their homes behind, about poverty and the difficulties of adjusting in their new homeland, and about their determined attempts to create rich and meaningful lives with humour, sorrow and dignity.

Festivals and Awards:
Jerusalem International Film Festival – Best Documentary

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Odelia Haroush - Managing Director


SERET International 16b North End Road Golders Green NW11 7PH



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SERET London 2017 brings the many and varied voices of Israel for this year’s ground-breaking Film & TV Festival.
For our sixth Festival, we have stronger voices from women of all cultures and power bases; louder voices from Israeli Arabs and from Palestinians, all offering their own expression of the social and political multiplicity that the Middle East’s leading democracy represents.
This year’s programme is in equal measure thought-provoking, and entertaining. With such a vibrant line-up of films and documentaries created in Israel over the past year, many of which have been big winners on the national and international film award circuit, we’ve almost been spoilt for choice.
Check out the full extent of the Festival’s films and documentaries here in this brochure; use our website www.seretinternational. org to book your tickets online, and come along to the Festival to see the best of Israeli Film and TV for yourself. You can catch some of the film makers at our lively Q & A sessions after some of the screenings, take part in a talk about Israeli cinema through the years, and perhaps join us for an exceptional evening at our Opening Gala.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at our Festival, which this year is coming to some new as well as long-supporting cinemas in London, and to Redbridge, Richmond and Manchester too.
As well as the UK, SERET International continues to grow, offering our programme to Berlin to Berlin and to Amsterdam, to Amsterdam, and we return to Santiago, Chile, for our second Festival there.


Jerusalem Film Workshop
14th June- 25th July

We are proud to support the Jerusalem Film Workshop. It is a fantastic project encouraging young film makers to take that next step in to learning and doing more in the film industry. Open to 19-27 year olds, young talents are invited to submit an application for a chance to gain immeasurable experience in film making, whist travelling around Israel.
An incredible opportunity we implore our audiences to explore.
To learn more about the project, follow this website:

SERET supports a charity
We are proud to announce that Make-A-Wish® UK and Make-A-Wish® Israel are our chosen SERET charities for 2017. Make-A-Wish exists to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
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Our thanks to

Whilst we have many wonderful Festival supporters, we would like to extend an extra special thank you to Nissim and Rina Levy.
Nissim and Rina have been the main SERET International sponsors for several years now, helping in so many areas, from the Opening Gala Screening in London to expanding our Festivals across the world.
Dr. Levy is a man of many talents! A doctor of chemistry, and a former NASA scientist,
he has been a very successful trader and entrepreneur, and is the co-founder of MIUC, the outstanding private university in Marbella which attracts students from all over the world.
His philanthropic support began 20 years ago, while supporting the Yad Layeled Foundation, aimed at helping Israeli kids and teens in trouble.
Two years ago he was appointed President of “Special Olympics Israel” which provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympian sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Nissim and Rina sit on the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, receiving special recognition for their Periphery Scholarship Fund which allows accessibility to higher education for young Israelis from disadvantaged backgrounds and outlying communities.
Most recently Dr. Levy was appointed Chairman of the newly established Board of Governors of the Herzl Museum on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
We appreciate their love for Israeli film, and for helping us to bring our programmes to new audiences. And we very much appreciate their generosity.

In alphabetical order

Manuela & Mark Alper
Effi & Laurence Cartier
Nili & David Chinn
Ilana & Elias Fattal
Ilana & Elias Fattal
Sharon & Ron Golan
Karin & Moti Hamama
Gali & Ben Hamburger
Lyn & Laurence Julius
Talma & Abraham (Bine) Keinan
Dorly & Yoav Kurtsbard
Maya & Avi Lavi
Orit & Chen Lev
Dr. Nissim & Rina Levy
Malka & Amnon Lion
Karen & Uri Mizrahi
Batia & Idan Ofer
Etziona Polushko
Ada & Danny Raveh
Daphne & Jill Samuels
Nofar & Yaron Tal
Ilana & Nir Wegrezyn
Judy & Robert Smith Weleminsky
Eddy Zakay

Special thanks to:
Sharon Buenos
Mimi Greenberg
Oranit Bet Halachmi
Libra Torn Hibler
Gili Ingal
Patrice Max
Chen Moravsky
Avner On
Tsvia Vorley
Ilana Wegrzyn
Ami Winter


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Junction 48
One week and a day
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Our father
Past life
Personal affairs
Comedy - Drama
Sand Storm
Shalom Italia
The last band in Lebanon
The women’s balcony
Comedy - Drama
The wonderful kingdom of papa alaev
Through the wall
Who’s gonna love me now?