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Six Israeli women give a personal account of their life in the Israeli Army

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Women and Gender Israeli Society War And Conflict Psychology

Six Israeli women give a personal account of their life in the Israeli Army, in the Occupied Territories. A female point of view on the drama of an unending war, on the moral challenges the soldiers faced at the encounter with the Palestinian population. The women look back critically at the way they handled the power that was placed in their hands at the young age of eighteen. Questions that were not dealt with during the service are raised today with great pain.

A film by Tamar Yarom

Jury Statement, Hot Docs- Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada 2008: The Special Jury Prize is given to a film that makes all of us face the question: could this be me? Would I behave this way? The director and protagonists share memories of a different and painful existence in a way that touches and challenges us and is relevant everywhere in the world.

Jury Statement, IDFA –International DocumentaryFilm Festival, The Netherlands, 2007: A brave and powerful testimony to the corrosive effect of power.

Awards
Jacek Kuron Award for Best Short Documentary – Watch Docs Int'l Film Festival, Poland, 2008
Best Documentary Award – Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France, 2008
The Silver Wolf Award – IDFA International Documentary Film Festival, The Netherlands, 2007
The Audience Award - IDFA International Documentary Festival, The Netherlands, 2007
Best Documentary Award – Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2007
Special Jury Award - Sarasota Film Festival, Florida, USA, 2008
Special Jury Award - Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2008
First Prize "The Magic Hour" Award - Planete Doc Review, Poland 2008
Best Feature Documentary - Dokufest, Kosovo, 2008
Best Documentary – The Annual Israeli Documentary Forum Awards, 2008

Festivals
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival - Silver Wolf and Audience Award, 2007
Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, Croatia, 2011
Culturescapes Showcase, Switzerland, 2011
Transylvania Int'l Film Festival, 2010
Perspektive – Int'l Human Rights Film Festival, Nuernberg, Germany, 2009
South Caucasus Documentary Film Festival of Peace and Human Rights, 2009
Haifa Int’l Film Festival, Israel, 2007 - Best Documentary

“….An unusual cinematic experience, courageous, piercing and sharp, the film raises complicated ethical questions…”

Director: Tamar Yarom

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