New York-based writer, activist, and filmmaker Lilly Rivlin (THE TRIBE, SFJFF 1983) records the final years of her parents' marriage revealing a loving and even flirtatious relationship. While this is an expected ending to a conventional marriage where the father has many mistresses and the mother patiently takes the abuse, Lilly probes further to see how this reality affected her and her sister and brother. The film presents a nuanced portrait of an all-American immigrant family where infidelity is hidden and accepted.
Lilly Rivlin, a seventh generation Jerusalemite, trained as a plitical scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as a consultant, journalist, writer, filmmaker both internationally and in the U.S.
Rivlin's film credits include writer/director/producer of three independent documentaries, GIMME A KISS (2000), MIRIAM'S DAUGHTER'S NOW (1986) and THE TRIBE (1984), shown on PBS, and Israeli and Italian TV; WE'RE STILL HERE !- The Jews of Russian and Ukraine (1999). I BELONG ELSEWHERE, TAMIR, A ONE WOMAN PLAY (1987) Her other credits include Associate Producer of EXPULSION AND MEMORY, a Canadian production about the Secret Jews, (1995) and FULL CIRCLE, a film about women on kibbutzim. (1995) She was Associate Producer/writer/resercher of IF NOT NOW WHEN, PEACE NOW, (1998) and producer/interviewer of several segments of Israel T.V.'s 18-part series on the historyof Zionism, PILLARS OF FIRE. (1983) She developed/researched/wrote, THE JEWS, a 13-part TV series, for David Puttnam and Sandy Lieberson, in London. (1970-72). Consultant, research and interview credits include ISRAEL: A NATION IS BORN, a 5-part series on Israel with Abba Eban (1990) and JEWS & THE DIASPORA, a BBC film.
Co-editor and contributor, WHICH LITITH? FEMINIST WRITERS RE-CREATE THE WORLD'S FIRST WOMAN, Jason Aronson, 1998. WHEN WILL THE FIGHTING STOP? A Child's View of Jerusalem, a photographic essay, Athenaeum, NY, 1990. Author, WELCOME TO ISRAEL, (a children's book) Behrman House Press, 2000.
Her writing and reserch credits include principle researcher on the best seller O JERUSALEM by Larry Collins and Dominque Lapierre, Simon and Schuster, 1972. Among the publications she has written for are NEWSWEEK, MS. MAGAZINE, THE WASHINGTON POST, LEAR'S and US Magazine.
NO TIES, a feature film, finalist in the Sundance Institute and the Eugene O'Neill Playwright Conference, twice optioned to Hollywood producers. (1984-86) revised, 1998
PUSHING THROUGH, a play which toured U.S. and England. Dramaturg and dialougue. (1991-94)
FEELING GOOD, a feature film. Belle Starr Productions. (1976)
MYSHKIN, a feature film. Commissioned by Dawasaki-Dronge. (1973)
CONSULTANT and VISTING PRESENTER
Arab-Israeli co-existence projects; Gender issues; Socio Drama/Conflict Resolution