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My First War ()


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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... See more »

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Directed by

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Yariv Mozer

Written by

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Yariv Mozer ... (writer)

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Hila Aviram ... line producer
Yariv Mozer ... producer
Yael Perlov ... producer
Pamela Rosenberg ... associate producer
Justin Swarz ... associate producer

Cinematography by

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Nadav Hekselman
Rami Katzav
Roni Katzenelson
Yariv Mozer
Shahar Reznik

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Yael Perlov

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Hila Aviram ... post-production supervisor

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Sinai Abt ... special thanks
Arik Bernstein ... thanks
Liviu Carmely ... thanks
Reuven Hecker ... special thanks
Dover Koshashvili ... thanks
Dani Menkin ... thanks
Mira Perlov ... special thanks
Gabi Rosenberg ... thanks
Dan Setton ... thanks
Orna Yarmut ... thanks

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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. Those I followed during the war. Those I met accidentally while wandering, and whose faces and souls were burnt into my mind. They are my principal obsession and characters of the film. I followed them in their daily life. They recall the images of this war and how they currently relate to them. My characters and I went to this war naïve with a definite purpose. We woke up, shaken, in shock, with doubts and regrets. Each one of us, those who survived, paid a price. Written by Yariv Mozer

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Also Known As
  • Hamilchama Harishona Sheli (Israel, Hebrew title)
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  • 82 min
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Budget $200,000 (estimated)

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