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The Disappeared (2018)

The Disappeared is an experimental documentary unraveling the story of an action-drama feature film produced by the Israeli Army in the year 2000 and censored just a few weeks before its release.


Gilad Baram, Adam Kaplan
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Credited cast:
Noa Aharoni ... Herself
Lior Ashkenazi ... Himself
Roy Assaf ... Himself
Nataly Attiya ... Herself
Oded Bajayo Oded Bajayo ... Himself
Lior Bouri Lior Bouri ... Himself
Alon Dahan ... Himself
Ariel Nil Levy ... Eishton - Blogger (voice)
Dalia Gilboa Dalia Gilboa ... Herself
Dror Moreh ... Himself
Yaniv Polishook ... Himself (as Yaniv Polishuk)
Marek Rozenbaum Marek Rozenbaum ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anat Schumacher Anat Schumacher ... Herself
Liora Schwarz Liora Schwarz ... Herself
Inbal Shapir Inbal Shapir ... Herself


Titled in Hebrew, Hane'elam (The Disappeared), the original film was intended to address a contentious subject in Israeli society and one of the military's absolute taboos - the rising number of soldier suicides. The ambitious production was of a scope rarely seen in the local film industry at the time and included hundreds of soldier-extras, an entire armored brigade, military helicopters and special operations personnel. With an estimated budget of one million USD and a cast of leading Israeli actors and actresses, shooting commenced in multiple locations around the country, among them also a top-secret missile base. Soon after editing began and preparations for its commercial, nationwide distribution were underway, The Disappeared disappeared. The Disappeared conjures up the story of a film that was denied the right of appearance and left to languish in the limbo of censorship. As such, the film in and of itself is available only via the recollections of the individuals who took ... Written by Gilad Baram & Adam Kaplan

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Germany | Israel



Release Date:

16 February 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Disappeared See more »


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$30,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Nowhere Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1


Color (HD)| Color (DCP)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Blind seeing, see deepest things
18 April 2018 | by carlos-diviestiSee all my reviews

THE DISAPPEARED is a black screen, like the lonely presence of a man who fades from our surroundigs . The experimental documentary by Gilad Balam and Adam Kaplan takes up the issue of a film filmed by the Israeli army in the late 1990s, made it with the intention of prevent young soldiers' suicides, and for some reason the army itself censured it and nobody, never, could see an one and only frame. The film is narrated in the present and in a great flashback, but (except during the reading of two scenes of the script, in which the screen is white, at the beginning and at the end) the no-image? never prevents reflection on art, politics and repression. Much less extreme than it seems, much more complex than its simplicity, witnessing it should be an indispensable action to unravel what is the scope of true cinema, that in a dark room you change your look to the world, perhaps forever.

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