Israel-Palestine News / November 17, 2021
Israeli soldiers describe their actions in the Palestinian city of Hebron/Al-Khalil in the West Bank, and of Israeli settlers living there. This is excerpted from the film by Israeli director Rona Segal, “‘Everyone’s a Suspect.’ Six Former Israeli Soldiers Speak on Their Time in Hebron.” See the full film here.
“I joined the army when I was 18 years old. Military service is mandatory in Israel (with few exemptions) and we’re instructed to never doubt its necessity. But I wanted to make films, so I maneuvered my way into the Israel Defense Forces’ film unit.
“The army is where I learned the craft of filmmaking, and making the short documentary above allowed me to go back to those years. But now, as an independent filmmaker, I have a different perspective, a perspective that most 18-year-olds simply don’t have.
“Here, ex-soldiers share their accounts of day-to-day operations on the ground in Hebron, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank. They offer a view that has rarely been seen by the public.”
Rona Segal is an Israeli director and screenwriter.
The New York Times reports that the film “debuted in 2020 at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, one of the most prestigious documentary festivals in the world. It has screened at film festivals around the globe, including in Israel at the Jerusalem Film Festival, where it won Best Short Documentary. This year, it was selected as a candidate for Best Short at the European Film Awards and was nominated for an Ophir Award (sometimes known as the “Israeli Oscars”) for Best Short Documentary.”
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