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 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​   ABOUT THE DIRECTOR       

Lilly Rivlin is an award winning independent filmmaker based in New York. She has produced and directed many documentaries about women who are political activists. Lilly was the 2013-14 recipient of the Miller Distinguished Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award. ​​​​​After living and working in Israel, Italy, and England, she returned to the U.S. in 1973, and joined the Second Wave of the Feminist movement. Before focusing on filmmaking she was the major researcher on O Jerusalem, a best seller by Larry Collins and Dominque Lapierre. In England she was hired by Sanford Liebersohn and David Putnam (of Chariots of Fire fame) to research & write, The Jews, a 13-part television series. She also worked on the much-acclaimed Pillar of Fire, a documentary mini-series for the Israel Broadcasting Authority. 

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In 1980 she decided to make her own independent films. She has been an activist for peace between Israelis and Palestinians for many decades and is a former president of Meretz USA, now Partners for a Progressive Israel. She documented some of this experience in her film, Can You Hear Me. 


Heather Booth: Changing the World, is Lilly’s 7th film.  It is the third in a trilogy about women activists and their art. The first was the internationally acclaimed Grace Paley: Collected Shorts (2010,74 min.)  The second was Esther Bronner: A Weave of Women 2014, 62 min.) Her films have screened at festivals in Israel, Italy and the US as well as having television broadcasts. Grace Paley: Collected Shorts is distributed by the National Center for Jewish Film and Esther Broner: A Weave of Women is distributed by Women Make Movies .