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Zagreb Film Festival
21 - 27 October 2007

SC - Savska 25
10000 Zagreb

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The Alpha Diaries
Israel, 65', WORLD PREMIERE , 2007

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Directed by: Yaniv Berman
Script: Yaniv Berman
Producer: Avi Kleinberger, Yaniv Berman
Production company: Smiley Film
Cinematography: Yaniv Berman
Editing: Ronit Porat, Gabi Shihor
Music: Gad Emile Zeitune

Format: video, color
Running time: 65'

An unprecedented, groundbreaking and voyeuristic look into military reserve life in Israel, this film was shot over a 5 year period in director and reserve soldier Yaniv Berman's life. A soldier in the Israeli army reserves, Alpha Company, Berman had unparalleled access and filmed the soldiers as they went about their military service day and night. Crossing over to the Palestinian border the camera captured remarkably every movement of the soldiers from the frenetic night-time house arrests to the quiet moments of self reflection and despair. Capturing the humiliation of both the Palestinians who are subject to the house arrests as well as the Israeli soldiers who had to carry them out, this documentary is the unique story of those who every 30 days in the year drop their normal lives and under the guise of the olive green uniform, perform the toughest, most unsettling tasks, in the heart of an urban Palestinian town.

Directors Biography
Yaniv Berman, born in November 1977 in Haifa, Israel. is a graduate student from the MFA program at the Film and Television Department at Tel-Aviv University. His short works include: 'Title TBC' (2007), documentary, 'Even Kids Started Small' (2006) – Official selection of the CINÉFONDATION, Cannes Film Festival 2006, 'Naked Laura' (2002), 'My Last Novel' (2001), 'Nurit Knows to Act' (1996). Yaniv is also a film teacher, producer and director of presentation and corporate movies.

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Location and screening schedule:
premiere: SC Cinema, Friday, October 26th at 17.00
reprisal: &TD Cinema, Saturday, October 27th at 11.00

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