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Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $16,734Details
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Set against the backdrop of its glorious 100-year history, INVENTING OUR LIFE reveals the heartbreak and hope of Israel's modern kibbutz movement as a new generation struggles to ensure its survival. Can a radically socialist institution survive a new capitalist reality? How will painful reforms affect those who still believe in the kibbutz experiment, and continue to call it home? Through the lens of its communal movement, director Toby Perl Freilich explores the modern history of Israel, from its revolutionary settlers to the political upheaval that shook the socialist foundations of the state. With their desire to create a Jewish homeland, the first settlers helped place kibbutzim in the vanguard of Israeli history, and in doing so, they became a magnet for all those who shared one thing in common - a powerful urge to invent their own life.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 25th, 2012 (Limited) by First Run Features
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 80 minutes
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Keywords: Religious, Political, Counterculture
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Framework
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,786 $2,877 Jun 8, 2012 47
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,997 $654 May 11, 2012 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,781 $1,653 May 4, 2012 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 10,042 $6,193 Apr 27, 2012 5


Avishai Margalit    Herself
Menachem Brinker    Himself
Moshe Halbertal    Himself
Maggie Bar-Tura    Herself
Avraham Balaban    Himself
Noga Avlagon    Herself
Aliza Zohar    Herself
Tracy Thorne    Narrator

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Toby Perl Freilich
Producer    Toby Perl Freilich
Cinematographer    Itamar Hadar
Editor    Juliet Weber
Composer    Beit Habubot
Sound Mixer    Eran Oron
Sound Mixer    Danny Shaiovich
Sound Mixer    Eli Taragan
Sound Mixer    Yaov Damti

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/04/27 85 $6,193   1 $6,193   $6,193 5
2012/05/04 98 $1,653 -73% 2 $827   $9,407 12
2012/05/11 109 $654 -60% 3 $218   $11,073 19
2012/06/08 85 $2,877   2 $1,439   $14,413 47

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/04/27 81 $7,754   1 $7,754   $7,754 9
2012/05/04 93 $2,665 -66% 2 $1,333   $10,419 16
2012/05/11 105 $1,117 -58% 3 $372   $11,536 23
2012/06/08 83 $4,967   2 $2,484   $16,503 51
2012/07/06 91 $231   1 $231   $16,734 79

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