SOL­DIER/CIT­I­ZEN

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(Silv­ina Lands­mann, Is­rael). 68 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: Here’s proof that some­times pro­duc­tion val­ues and big bud­gets don’t mat­ter a damn. Just put a cam­era in a room and turn it on.

In this case, the fo­cus is on Is­raeli sol­diers get­ting a civics les­son from a pro­gres­sive teacher, a course they must com­plete be­fore they can re­turn to civil­ian life. Lis­ten to what th­ese young men and women – not at all a ho­moge­nous crew – have to say about Arabs, Ortho­dox Jews, gays, his­tory, the Holo­caust and you get a re­newed sense of Is­rael’s com­plex pol­i­tics.

Ev­ery once in a while, di­rec­tor Silv­ina Lands­mann opens up the scene and takes the cam­era out of the class­room. And ev­ery time that hap­pens, you want to shout, “Get back in there.” Apr 29, 6 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; Apr 30, 2 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 2; May 5, 9 pm, ROM The­atre.

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