Official Selection

Medinat Hagamadim

Israel 2016 83 min. Language: Hebrew Subtitles: English
Medinat Hagamadim
Yaniv Berman
Born in Haifa, Israel, Yaniv is a graduate of the MFA program at the Film and Television Department, Tel-Aviv University. His short film Even Kids Started Small, about school children taking over the school, was in the official selection of the CINÉFONDATION at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. For six years, he filmed a documentary about a military company of reserve soldiers in the IDF, which became the award-winning documentary The Alpha Diaries. Land of the Little People is his first narrative feature film, which like his previous works deals with the traumatic process of becoming a child-soldier in a violent militaristic society. Yaniv is also a producer and director of commercials. He lives is Israel with his wife and two daughters.
Auditorium Teatro Studio G. Borgna
17/10/2016, 21:30
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19/10/2016, 16:00
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Film Synopsis
Four young children who live in a village of military officers' families, form a small gang. An old abandoned army base, located in the wild fields nearby, becomes their camp. Another war begins in Israel, and most of the men are drafted to serve their country. The mothers sit worried in front of their television sets and listen to the constant news reports, while the kids, with no one to supervise them, return to their camp in the wild. To their surprise, they discover two soldiers who have deserted their units and are using the camp as their hideout. The children try to regain control over their stolen territory, but the soldiers hold their ground.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT As a child I used to play with my friends within the barriers of an abandoned military camp. That captivating place gave us the feeling of living in a wild world that we could rule. In my film I wanted to tell the story of Israeli children who grow up like I did, in a militant society, with the war always in the background. I would like to raise the question of how this ongoing conflict can ever come to an end, when generations of children grow up in this environment and have come to know only aggressive solutions to their problems. To point this out, I decided to portray the world with a rough realism from the children's point of view, as they run and hunt in the apocalyptic-like landscape of an abandoned military camp, overcome by the wild nature that surrounds it. The conflict between the children and the soldiers is violent and uncompromising, showing how surreal and decadent our world has become.
Cast and Crew
Yaniv Berman
Yaniv Berman
Rami Katzav
Oz Guttman, Ziv Karshen
Rachel Ben Dahan
Gad Emile Zeitune
Michael Goorevich
Tony Copti
Fresco Films
Pluto Film Distribution Network
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