93 min / Hebrew, Arabic (English subtitles)
Director — Yariv Horowitz
“Set in the Gaza Strip circa 1989, at the height of the first Intifada*, war-is-hell drama Rock the Casbah illustrates the futility of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” — Variety
Award-winning war drama Rock the Casbah received the prestigious Art Cinemas award at Berlinale earlier this year and is sure to spark debate among festival goers. Rock the Casbah follows Tomer (Yon Tumarkin) and his army unit during the first Intifada in 1989. When a member of the company is killed on patrol when a washing machine is thrown on him from a rooftop, Tomer is one of four men chosen by his commanding officers to carry out a surveillance operation to catch the perpetrator. First-time feature filmmaker Yariv Horowitz injects youthful vitality from his experience directing music videos to produce a gripping action film recalling the visual style of Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbour, connecting authentically with the reality of the young soldiers and their absurd predicament.
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