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June 11th 1967, the Six-Day War is over and the cease fire has just begun. We follow the journey of Gassan and Haled, two Egyptian soldiers whose only wish is to make their way through the Sinai desert and safely reach the Suez Canal. Thus begins a comical, almost surrealistic saga during which they meet various groups of people across the desert, including Israeli soldiers on patrol and a pushy news reporter. Written by
This film was Rafi Bukai's graduation film in the Tel Aviv university cinema studies. It had almost no budget, and it was misunderstood by many as a self hating anti Israeli anti war movie. It's not it's probably the best movie ever made in Israel by a great cinematic mind with a deep understanding of the limitations of a students film budget, and how to use these for your own advantage. With very little means this movie creates a series of unforgettable images that speak in every language. It's not anti Israeli, it's anti war, and it uses the war in which Israel has won its biggest victory ever, because it helps delivering the point. Yes it does show some Israeli characters which aren't very nice, but it also shows some which are much nicer. and of the three Egiptian characters in the movie one is very bellicose, and his role is next to insignificant considering his screen time, but much more significant when considering the fact that he's one of the only three Egiptians shown in the film. Their nationality is not the issue here, that's the reason the film is named after the anthem of the Italian Communist party, an anthem heard on the radio during the film and getting sung as a marching tune in one of the greatest scenes ever seen in Israeli cinema.
If you can keep an open mind regarding some very touchy spots you'll have to see that this one of the best anti war films ever, made in Israel or at any other country. This one is a real must see.
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