Mother India, Father Israel

Director Avi Dabach, Co-Producer Ram Devineni
Mother India, Father Israel


Their very Jewishness called into question as they arrived in the newly-formed state of Israel, a community of Indian Jewish immigrants mobilized a hunger strike in 1951 and demanded to return to India. Now, decades later, an Indian Israeli artist forges a performance piece that will reclaim the stories of women from her community and the heroism that unfolded during this little known piece of Israeli history.

Phase of Support: Development

Avi Dabach

Avi Dabach - Director

A documentary filmmaker and VR creator. Directed and produced the Last Zionist (2011) premiered at the Jewish film festival in Jerusalem. Curator of the “Musrara Collection” – a visual online archive dedicated to the Black Panthers in Israel. Directed the documentary film & interactive project The Lost Crown (2018) about the mystery of the Aleppo Codex, produced for KAN – Israeli public TV. Created (with partners) the VR experience “Place”, which tells the story of the woman who managed to photograph the great synagogue of Aleppo a few days before it was burned down. The VR experience has been presented at the Israel museum since June 2022.

Ram Devineni

Ram Devineni - Co-Producer

Ram Devineni is filmmaker, publisher and founder of Rattapallax based in New York City and New Delhi. He produced, edited and directed the feature documentary, The Karma Killings, which was shot in India and released on Netflix. He made the short documentary, “Ginsberg’s Karma,” about the poet Allen Ginsberg’s life in India, which received the National Endowment for the Humanities. Recently, he produced The Russian Woodpecker, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He is the creator of the interactive social-activist comic books, “Priya’s Shakti,” which received the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund from the Ford Foundation and supported by the World Bank, and honored by UN Women as a “gender equality champion.”

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