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It Is No Dream

It Is No Dream

This rousing and infinitely insightful documentary details the story of Theodor Herzl – the man who catalysed the political Zionist movement and became the father of the modern state of Israel.

From humble beginnings as a playwright and newspaper reporter with little interest in dogma or politics, Herzl’s life took a drastic turn while covering the trial, conviction and degradation of Alfred Dreyfus in France during the 1890s. Witnessing the French crowds screaming “Death to the Jew!” led him to consider the establishment of a Jewish state in the biblical homeland of Palestine.

With his strong beliefs and great intelligence, Herzl’s ability to awaken the Jewish people to his cause effectively changed the world forever.

Featuring original letters, images and archival footage, as well as narration from actors Ben Kingsley and Christoph Waltz, It Is No Dream draws an unparalleled portrait of this great historic figure.

“Finely crafted…” The Hollywood Reporter

  • Year

    2012

  • Director

    Richard Trank