Israel, 2012, 70'
Hate is Bad for your Health
three weeks, towards the end of their military service, young Israelis who do
not have a certificate of high-school graduation are offered the chance to
obtain it by taking part in army-sponsored courses which require them to
contemplate issues such as human rights, pluralism, the definition of the
Jewish State and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Director Silvina Landsmann
goes for a fly-on-the-wall perspective to capture the mélange of ambivalence,
stubbornness, argumentative spirit and resilience demonstrated by the students
while they are repeatedly challenged by their teacher about their views, and
encouraged to engage in some serious thinking before embarking on their
future. As they are pushed to both
sustain and question their convictions, we end up
assisting to an animated course cum therapy session that often involves clashing,
uncensored individual opinions.
A briskly-paced, revealing look at a group of young people with deeply ingrained views gained through tough life experiences, Soldier/Citizen is a good reminder that a balanced perspective takes effort and a willingness to put yourself in the other’s shoes.
15 March, 10:00, Cinema Elvire Popesco
16 March, 18:00, Cinema Corso
17 March, 16:00, Cinema Union
Special Mention, Berlin International Film Festival, Germany, 2012.