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Everything You Have is Yours

  • Tatyana Tenenbaum, Director
  • Brighid Greene, Producer

This photograph shows dancer Mor Mendel closely behind dancer Hadar Ahuvia, the two facing towards the right in an industrial looking dance studio with windows. They hold opposite hands behind Hadar's back, while the other pair of opposite hand's covers Hadar's eyes. Hadar's head leans back into Mor's forehead— they are contemplative.

About the Project

Everything You Have Is Yours is inspired by the story and award-winning work of choreographer Hadar Ahuvia. Hadar is the granddaughter of Zionist 'kibbutzniks,' collectivist pioneers who paved the way for Israel's statehood. Through the prism of Israeli folk dance, Hadar cracks open the founding mythologies of Zionism to reckon with the erasure, displacement, and racism folded into Israel's history.

The film’s braided narrative weaves poetic connections and a multiplicity of voices— centering dance as a transformative medium for resistance, reclamation, grieving, and healing. In addition to Hadar, the story features artistic portraits of New York City dance artists Mor Mendel, Ze’eva Cohen, Gil Sperling, lily bo shapiro, Freedom Dabka Group and zavé martohardjono with other guest appearances.

Our story takes place in the present. The ongoing occupation and dispossession of Palestinians continues to be taboo within US mainstream media and amongst politicians— Democrats and Republicans alike. At the same time, with the growth of white nationalism, antisemitism is on the rise. This film is a fearless portrait of a generation's disillusionment with Zionism at a time of urgent reckoning. Through embodiment and testimony, American-Jewish, Israeli-Jewish, and Palestinian-American dancers and allies bring their cultural lineages to life.