Leaving Paradise

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Director(s):Ofer Freiman
Running Time:90 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Boston


Cleo had always dreamed of communal life in the great outdoors. His wife Anita and their fifteen children grew up knowing that they might be moving one day. Just before his older children leave home to pursue studies and careers, Cleo realized that it was now or never. He and Anita prepared the farm, and soon after, their children joined them at "Vila Barolo,” as the family commune became a reality. When one daughter researches the family's roots, they discover their Jewish heritage. The children begin to dream of immigrating to Israel, putting the family’s utopia in jeopardy.


Pre-recorded conversation with director Ofer Freiman, moderated by Dalia Wassner included with purchase of ticket or pass.


Winner: Best Documentary, Haifa International Film Festival, 2020


Sponsored by the HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

In Partnership with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

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