Six Israeli women give a personal account about their life in the Israeli Army, in the Occupied Territories. A female point of view on the drama of an unending war, on the moral challenges the soldiers faced at the encounter with the Palestinian population. The women look back critically at the way they handled the power that was placed in their hands at the young age of eighteen. Questions that were not dealt with during the service are raised today with great pain.
Written, Directed & Produced: Tamar YaromWorld Sales: First Hand FilmsFestivals & Special Screenings: Ruth Diskin FilmsLanguage: Hebrew with English subtitles / French subtitlesSponsored by: Channel 8-Israel & The Makor Foundation for Israeli Cinema & TV
"Like a short, sharp blow to the solar plexus, Tamar Yarom's hourlong docu stuns with raw, unfiltered emotion as six Israeli women recount the horrors they saw and perpetrated during their obligatory military service in the Occupied Territories. Behind its almost unbearable directness and unmistakable authenticity, the brilliantly edited docu is assembled with fugue-like precision, counterpointing trauma-laden memories with generic footage of an ongoing Palestinian surreality, the women's distinctive voices interweaving in complex harmonies." For the entire review in Variety, check: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117937724.html?categoryid=31&cs=1
From the Jury’s statements: “The Special Jury Prize is given to a film that makes all of us face the question: could this be me? Would I behave this way? The director and protagonists share memories of a different and painful existence in a way that touches and challenges us and is relevant everywhere in the world.” (Jury Statement, Hot Docs- Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada 2008).
“a brave and powerful testimony to the corrosive effect of power.” (Jury Statement, IDFA –International DocumentaryFilm Festival, The Netherlands, 2007)