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A film by Nina Bittcher and Jean-Philipp Baeck
Uniform, Shell, Cocoon – Military service in Israel
(PAL 16:9, 52 min.)
"I don't have anything with guns, shooting and killing. That's exactly why I chose the medic side of the army. I don't like it, but on the other hand I know why it's so important. You read the papers, you live here - you know what's going on."
Like in no other country in the world, living in Israel is threatened by permanent, mostly militant conflicts with the surrounding countries. This documentary shows the implications resulting for both young Israeli men and women: The military service requires an abrupt growing up because of the confrontation with great responsibility, violence and death. Four young Israelis report of their experiences, showing how interwoven military and “normality” are in Israel. Thereby, an insight is given on the complex and sometimes ambivalent perception of the young Israelis of this formative time of their lives. The leading question is: what does it mean to live in a country where military service is a matter of course?