Infiltration (Hitganvut Yehidim )
A candid look at a platoon of newly-recruited Israeli soldiers undergoing basic training in 1956.
Director: Dover Koshashvili
Cast: Oz Zehavi, Guy Adler, Michael Aloni
Awards: Jerusalem Film Festival 2010, Israel Film Center's Distribution Award
Duration: 120 mins
Country: Israel/France 2010
Based on the novel by Yehoshua Kenaz, Infiltration follows a platoon of newly-recruited young soldiers going through basic training in 1956. The young men, with different physical and emotional limitations, are recruits from diverse groups in Israeli society. There are Ashkenazim and Sephardim, religious and secular, those from kibbutzim and those from the cities, Holocaust survivors and those born in Israel. They are the quintessential melting pot that Israel was at its founding. But this motley crew is not held together by brotherly love- they are soldiers who are medically disqualified from ordinary service because of physical and mental disabilities ranging from epilepsy to anger management issues.
Offering a series of vignettes designed to show a smorgasbord of Israeli attitudes, the film shows the challenges of creating a homogenous community from so many disparate pieces and highlights the difficulties incurred by those living on the margins of Israeli society.
'Kosashvilli has made a terrific film' Midnight-East magazine
'Infiltration is a high quality period production featuring consistently excellent work from its ensemble cast' Libertas Film Magazine
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