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My First War (2008)

In the summer of 2006, at the age of 28, I was suddenly drafted as a reserves soldier in the Second Lebanese War. Instinctively, I grabbed my video camera and thread a shoelace, securing it... See full summary »

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In the summer of 2006, at the age of 28, I was suddenly drafted as a reserves soldier in the Second Lebanese War. Instinctively, I grabbed my video camera and thread a shoelace, securing it around my neck right next to my rifle. I said to myself this camera will be a tool with which to mediate between myself and the reality into which I was thrown - the reality of war. I was part of an artillery Regiment. As days went by, I understood that this war is not as it was planned. Mixed orders, more and more dead soldiers; mess and disorder came to be the words describing this war. And as long as this war evolved, bringing more chaos and destruction, I continued to use my camera and shoot. I film the faces of soldiers, exhausted and overwhelmed. I heard the soldier's desire to tell their story - to talk about what they have seen. The feelings were of a pointlessness war and a strong and clear failure. Months after the war ends, I was compelled to find the individuals who served with me. ... Written by Yariv Mozer

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6 April 2008 (Israel)  »

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Hamilchama Harishona Sheli  »

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Platoon in Israel
17 March 2009 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

This is a personal documentary, a video-diary of an Israeli soldier in the second Lebanese war. The director made this war, has served as an officer and felt that he had to testify. He filmed his fellow officers and soldiers, making this movie a true testimony of what Israeli soldiers think, fear, cry for, and hope...or not. Israeli government, the headquarters of Tsahal are hardly pointed out by the soldiers. Horror of war, lack of preparation are the ordinary life of these soldiers. It should be seen before "Waltz with Bashir". That is the sign of the vitality of Israeli civil power, despite the fact that the state could be seen sometimes as a violent state. Many Israeli movies and documentaries have been issued these past years, and are often heartbreaking. Haven't you seen it yet?


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