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[while playing electric keyboard and singing a song in memory of Zitlawy]
# I won't be afraid to fall / Won't be afraid to grow / To sink or swim / To live or die #
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This movie is intense. It will not leave you indifferent. While there are certain political aspects in the movie that probably relate mostly to those who know something about the situation, the movie is first and foremost about people and about war. The movie shows the Israeli soldiers, often presented by international media as fearless and brutal, as human beings who love, hate and mostly fear like anyone else. I do not think that the movie has a clear statement about war. Some believe it is anti-war and lefty. I just believe it presents the human side of war, and doesn't say a lot about politics. It does say, however, that human life is precious and that even soldiers have a right and should fear for their lives.
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