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We have both decided that it was high time their story and ours were told. As women who live in Israel, we nourish the military myth like every other citizen of the country. We live with the fighting male figure and play the roles of mother, wife, girlfriend, and military unit mate; we support them. Renouncing this pattern is perceived as betrayal . However, as we do not actually operate from within the myth but rather along side it, we can question the relevancy of the military service to our own life.
We chose to make our protagonists soldiers with the patrolling police unit of the city of Jerusalem, since one of us actually did this kind of activity during military service. Throughout this experience it was possible for us to show our point of view regarding the Israeli occupation in this disputed city. We wanted to make a film with political meaning. We wanted to make people think, but not tell them what to think; therefore, throughout the writing and directing process, we were always looking for the individual, his/her desires and weaknesses in this political situation.
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[CLOSE] | 2005 | 90 | Narrative Feature
Directed by: Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hager
Foreign Title: (Karov La Bayit)
Language: Hebrew, Arabic
Premiere: New York
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Vidi Bilu studied photography at Hadassah College in Jerusalem before working as a photographer for television networks. In 1989, she graduated from Beit Zvi, where she studied cinematic arts with a major in directing. Over the years, Bilu has directed numerous commercials as well as three documentaries. She worked as an editor of two documentaries between 2002 and 2004. Bilu has also written scripts and directed shows for television.