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Israel, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Documentaries)

Director: Yoav Shamir


“Looking into the mirror can be a very frightening and frustrating experience, it is a constant love-hate relationship.” - filmmaker Yoav Shamir

Drawing on his own experiences after completing compulsory military service, director Yoav Shamir (5 Days, MIFF 06) takes us deep inside a world that has become a right of passage for young Israelis. Following military service, most try their hand at decompressing from the rigours of military discipline by traveling abroad, mainly to India, to indulge in copious amounts of hashish and marijuana. For some the experience is cathartic, while others completely lose the plot.

D/S Yoav Shamir P Michael Sharfshtein, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, Philippa Kowarsky, Kent Martin WS Cinephil L English, Hebrew w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/87mins

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Israel, Austria, USA, Denmark, 2009
“Explores intelligently the very touchy topic of anti-Semitism.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Having elicited charges of anti-Semitism from critics of his previous films, Yoav Shamir (Flipping Out, M… More »

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