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.
Most recently 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
She is now working on Heather Booth: Changing the World
which is 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. The subject of the third film in this trilogy is Heather
Booth, 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
Esther Broner: A Weave of Women (2013) and before that the award winning
Grace Paley: Collected Shorts (2010);
Can You Hear
Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace (2006);
Gimme a Kiss
Daughters Now, aired on PBS and Israel TV (1986);
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,
She is listed in Feminists Who Changed America,
1963-1975 (2007) and Jewish Women, A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia
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