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It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (DVD)

The Dreamer Who Became the Father of a Nation

Authors: Richard Trank, Ben Kingsley

Product code: D124

Examines the life of the well-known journalist & playwright, who against all the odds, took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in what was then Ottoman-ruled Palestine - becoming the father of the modern state of Israel.

After being horrified by the Dreyfus trial in Paris and the anti-Semitism he saw spreading across Europe, Herzl organized and led, over the span of 8 years, a worldwide political movement that within half a century led to the establishment of a Jewish state in the ancient Biblical land of their forefathers.

The film follows Herzl as he meets with Kings, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, a Sultan, a Pope and government ministers from Constantinople to St. Petersburg, Paris to Berlin, Vienna to Vilna, London to Basel, in his quest to build a Jewish nation.

Produced by Moriah Films, the documentary filming division of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, this is narrated by Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley and stars Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as the voice of Theodor Herzl.

About the Authors

Richard Trank

An Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who earned his BA degree at the University of California, Berkeley and did graduate work at the University of Southern California.

He currently serves as Executive Producer of Moriah Films, the documentary filming division of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and has been their Media Projects Director since 1984.

Ben Kingsley

Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards.

He is known for his starring role as Mahatma Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performance in the film Schindler's List (1993).

Kingsley was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and was made a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.