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One Shot

Israel, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Homelands Now: The Middle East in Focus)

Director: Nurit Kedar

One Shot
"Striking, powerful and disturbing... an unprecedented look at the work of the snipers who belong to the Israel Defense Forces, an elite group of marksmen whose job is to kill from a distance. The result is chilling" - Jewish Week The small group of soldiers interviewed for this documentary display a range of personalities but with a few common, deadly traits. Each is able to keep his conscience in check by immersing himself in the technical aspects of his grim work and by taking all steps to prevent seeing their actions as murder from a distance. Each man speaks openly of the excitement of killing, even of feeling like a god, but tics and slips give away their inner turmoil. The snipers constantly refer to their victims as 'the target' or 'the terrorist', while lovingly describing the extreme focus they achieve in preparation. They see their job as a complex game. Unfortunately the person in the crosshairs doesn't know there's a game and hasn't been told the fatal rules. Contains scenes that may offend some viewers
D/S Nurit Kedar P Dror Morek WS Ruth Diskin L Hebrew w/English subtitles TD video/col/2004/60mins Nurit Kedar's films include [Borders] (2000, short), [The Crying Soap] (2002, short), [The Jewish Nun] (2005).

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