V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

LIROT IM ANI MEHAYEHET

V' 08

LIROT IM ANI MEHAYEHET

TO SEE IF I'M SMILING

Tamar Yarom
Israel, 2007
Documentaries, 59min, OmeU

LIROT IM ANI MEHAYEHET

Tamar Yarom
Israel, 2007
Documentaries, 59min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Tamar Yarom
Sound: 
Amit Shemen
Oni Elbar
Camera: 
Itamar Mandes- Flor
Shiri Bar-On
Daniel Gal
Editor: 
Eyal Or
Composer: 
Jonathan Bar-Giora

Production: 
Tamar Yarom 8/8 Muzir Street Tel Aviv 62963, Israel T 3 544 00 93 tyarom@gmail.com
World Sales: 
First Hand Films Fritz Heeb-Weg 5 8050 Zürich, Schweiz T 1 31 22 060 info@firsthandfilms.com
Format: 
Video (Betacam SP)
Color

Israel is the only country in the world where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. To See If I'm Smiling is a disturbing look at the actions and behaviour of women soldiers in the Israeli army who, stationed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, help to maintain the 40-year-old occupation of Palestinian territories. The women in the film, veterans who have tried to bury the past for years, finally speak openly about their experiences. Deeply personal interviews are dramatically interwoven with both archival footage and details of the women's daily lives. One woman recounts how she once posed for a photo with a Palestinian corpse. She searches for that picture, saying «I wanted to see if I'm smiling». At a time when women in the military are increasingly on the frontlines, this powerful documentary explores the ways that gender, ethics and moral responsibility intersect during war.

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