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Rock in the Red Zone (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music, War | 2015 (USA)
ROCK IN THE RED ZONE is an intimate portrayal of life on the edge in the war-torn city of Sderot. Once known for its prolific rock scene that revolutionized Israeli music, for thirteen ... See full summary »


Laura Bialis


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Credited cast:
Micha Biton Micha Biton ... Himself
Robby Elmaliah Robby Elmaliah ... Robby Elmaliah
Knesiyat HaSechel ... Themselves
Kobi Oz ... Himself
Sfatayim Sfatayim ... Themselves
Teapacks ... Themselves
Haïm Ulliel Haïm Ulliel ... Himself
Avi Vaknin Avi Vaknin ... Avi Vaknin
Hagit Yaso ... Hagit Yaso


ROCK IN THE RED ZONE is an intimate portrayal of life on the edge in the war-torn city of Sderot. Once known for its prolific rock scene that revolutionized Israeli music, for thirteen years the town has been the target of ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza strip. Through the personal lives and music of Sderot's diverse musicians, and the personal narrative of the filmmaker, who ends up calling the town home, the film chronicles the town's trauma and reveals its enduring spirit. Written by Anonymous

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Music is Their Shelter


Documentary | Music | War


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English | Hebrew

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2015 (USA) See more »

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Rock Be-Tzeva Adom See more »

Filming Locations:

Sderot, Israel

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Dolby Digital


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Can rockets drown out the music?
11 July 2016 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Rock in the Red Zone (2014) is an Israeli documentary written, produced, and directed by Laura Bialis. Most of the footage comes from the small city of Sderot.

Sderot is located on the border of Gaza, which basically means that it's in a combat zone. Rocket attacks on Sderot are a constant aspect of life there. It's not my place in an IMDb movie review to even suggest that there's an easy answer to why Hamas sends rockets against Sderot, or why the Israeli Defense Forces bomb and invade Gaza. The attacks against Sderot are a reality. Two rockets hit Sderot on July 1, 2016, 10 days before I wrote this review.

As a psychiatrist tells us in the film, she's seeing PTSD in a majority of children in Sderot. However, as she says, it's not really Post Traumatic, because there's no Post. The trauma continues.

What makes Sderot particularly interesting is that almost all of its population are Sephardic Jews, primarily from Morocco. These Jewish immigrants have brought their Sephardic culture to Sderot, and their music is spreading throughout Israel.

One musician in Sdertot--Avi Vaknin--is one of the musicians helping to spread the music. He's gifted, dynamic, and highly articulate. Director Bialis knows that he will be the centerpiece of her documentary. Actually, he becomes more than that, but you'll have to see the movie to find out what happens.

We saw the film in the Dryden Theatre in the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. It was shown as part of the excellent Rochester Jewish Film Festival. Congratulations to the RJFF for bringing Avi Vaknin to Rochester to perform onstage at the Festival.

This film is worth seeing, but how you can see it poses a problem. As far as I can tell, it's not available on DVD. So, unless you are lucky enough to see it at another film festival, you'll have to wait for it to become available for the the small screen. Let's hope that happens.

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