Reviews

Variety
A meticulously researched biodoc, "It Is No Dream" focuses on how Austro-Hungarian journalist-playwright Theodor Herzl catalyzed the political Zionist movement, ultimately leading to the creation of the modern state of Israel.
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Hollywood Reporter
Finely crafted and balancing sympathy for its subject with obvious scholarship, Richard Trank and Marvin Hier's It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl introduces viewers to one of the most important figures in modern Jewish history.
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Jewish Journal
Theodor Herzl was an assimilated Viennese journalist who became the unlikely founder of modern Zionism and a main catalyst for the creation of the Jewish State of Israel.
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Boston Globe
The documentary “It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl” takes its title from a famous remark of Herzl’s, “If you will it, it is no dream.” “It” refers to a homeland for the Jews, an utterly improbable idea in 1896, when Herzl, a well-known Viennese playwright and journalist, first proposed it.
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Film Threat
Of the numerous socio-political movements to arise in the late 19th century, the Zionist movement had one of the most profound impacts on global culture.
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jb spins
Theodor Herzl once advocated mass Jewish conversion to Christianity, but would become a unifying leader for the Jewish Diaspora. 
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The Jewish Week 
Zionism and the Holocaust are, obviously, the two central facts of 20th-century Jewish history.
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About.com
A Tribute to the Founder of Modern Israel - In It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl, filmmaker Richard Trank profiles the very forceful, determined and complex man who is credited with the foundation of the modern state of Israel.
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Filmmaker Magazine 
Studiously researched, It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodore Herzl reveals the life that informed Austro-Hungarian journalist-playwright Theodor Herzl‘s creation of the Zionist Movement, which ultimately led to the founding of the state of Israel.
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Flavorpill
Richard Trank's documentary shines a light on two important stories: the life of "founding father of Israel" Theodor Herzl, and the shocking onset of anti-Semitism in late 19th century Europe. Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi"), 'The Life of Theodor Herzl' not only explains the worldwide political movement that led to the establishment of the state of Israel, but it takes viewers into the head of Herzl, Viennese journalist, playwright and much-unsung revolutionary.
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Arutz Sheva
In this seminal biodoc on the life and arduous struggles of the progenitor of the establishment of the modern Jewish state of Israel, Academy award winning director Richard Trank ("The Long Way Home"), presents a compelling and spellbinding portrait of Theodor Herzl; a man who was often shunted aside or patently misunderstood in the annals of history.
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The Canadian Jewish News
The notion that a compelling idea and a committed individual can alter the course of history is not, as some might contend, so far-fetched. Proof of this thesis is found in the career of Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), an assimilated Viennese journalist who once called for the mass conversion of Jews as a means by which to defuse antisemitism and thereby solve the “Jewish problem” in Europe.
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