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Leaving Paradise


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

Festival Participation

  • Salem International Film Festival - 2021
    Best Editing Award
  • Haifa International Film Festival - 2020
    Best Documentary Film
  • Krakow International Film Festival - 2021
  • Tempo International Film Festival - 2021
  • Australia Jewish Film Festival - 2021
  • New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - 2021

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