The film is an unprecedented, groundbreaking and voyeuristic look into military reserve life in Israel.
After 3 years of mandatory military service, a young Israeli man returns to civilian life. However his military service is not over. Once a year he is called back to serve 30 days of active military duty in the Army Reserve. He leaves his normal life behind, his family and his daily job. He slips into his olive green fatigues and picks up his M-16.
"The Alpha Diaries" was shot over a five-year period in the life of director and reserve soldier, Yaniv Berman. Each year for 30 days, when Alpha Company got together, the camera came along to tell the unique story of the Israeli Army Reserves.
As both the film’s director and a reserve soldier in the Israeli Army’s Alpha Company, Berman had unparalleled access and ﬁlmed the soldiers as they went about their military service day and night.
Crossing over to the Palestinian border the camera captured remarkably every movement of the soldiers from the frenetic night-time house arrests to the quiet moments of self reﬂection and despair.
Capturing the humiliation of both the Palestinians who are subject to the house arrests as well as the Israeli soldiers who had to carry them out, this documentary is the unique story of those who every 30 days in the year drop their normal lives and under the guise of the olive green uniform, perform the toughest, most unsettling tasks, in the heart of an urban Palestinian town.
The camera penetrates the steely barriers of the military barracks and gains fresh insight into the views of the soldiers who speak frankly and uncompromisingly on a range of issues including the occupation, the conﬂict and the Army.
A sensitive exploration of the conﬂict done ﬁrst hand from an individual caught in the midst of the action, Berman's ﬁlm leaves us with no doubt that war leaves scars and victims on both sides of the camp.
Moive Trailer: http://www.spike.com/video/alpha-diaries-movie/2986826
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Website for the film: www.alpha-diaries.com
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