Praise for Toby Perl Freilich's INVENTING OUR LIFE
“ENGROSSING! A fascinating introduction to a movement scrambling to adjust enough to guarantee a future, without severing all ties to its principled past.”
- Daniel Gold, The New York Times
"An enlightening and evocative snapshot." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A brilliant film about one of history's most remarkable utopian experiments."
- Joseph Dorman, Director of "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness"
“Ably chronicles and expands upon the history of Israel’s kibbutz movement.”
- Ethan Alter, Film Journal
"EXCELLENT...RECOMMENDED! In theory, utopia is thrilling; in practice, it can be a recipe for monotony. Those dilemmas, among many others, are explored in Toby Perl Freilich's sympathetic but probing account of the rise, fall and rebirth of a movement that defined the early character of the fledgling state of Israel. Freilich comes to her subject with a generous curiosity and a gift for digging beneath the usual debates."
– Ella Taylor, National Public Radio (NPR)
“Ambitious, complex… well-done and edifying.” - Spirituality and Practice
“Rich and informative.” - Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
“'Inventing Our Life,' Toby Perl Freilich’s excellent documentary, chronicles the rise, fall and possible resurgence of Israel’s kibbutz movement. It is clearly a heart-felt labor of love for the filmmaker, a daughter of Holocaust survivors." - Curt Schleier, The Forward
"Thought-provoking...rises above standard histories. Poignant." - Alissa Simon, Variety
"Unremittingly thought-provoking." - Michael Fox, San Diego Jewish Journal
"Examines the kibbutz movement as a key thread within the greater tapestry of the history of the State of Israel and speaks with an intimacy that strikes an emotional chord. I challenge any viewer not to be moved by this fine, fine work of documentary art."
- David Leach, University of Victoria