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Flipping Out

Military service is compulsory in Israel for all Jewish men and women. After 3 years of service, they are granted a discharge bonus, which many of them will use to fly to India. Approximately 90 percent will use drugs, and each year some 2,000 of them will need professional help due to drug use. The common name given to this phenomenon is “flipping-out.” Shot over a period of 2 years, this film follows the “flipping-out” of Israeli travelers, most of them under the age of 25. The Chabad houses, Jewish religious posts, a Warm House sponsored by the Israeli Anti-Drug Authority, a rescuer specializing in bringing these young people back home, and thousands of young Israelis are all part of this strange world that has become a must stop in the Israeli coming of age process. Together they portray a comic-tragic story of an entire society that has perhaps flipped out as well.

Festivals and Awards:

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2007

Director: Yoav Shamir

Producer: Michael Sharfshtein, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, Philippa Kowarsky, Kent Martin

Production Company: United King Films. Topia Communications (2003) Ltd., Cinephil, NFB Canada

Cinematographer: Yoav Shamir, Jonathan Ofek, Amnon Zalait

Editor: Era Lapid

Original Soundtrack: Ophir Leibovitch

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television. Keshet Broadcasting, ITVS, ARTE, Sundance Channel, BBC, SBS, VPRO, DR, Documentary Channel Canada

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: פליפ

Military service is compulsory in Israel for all Jewish men and women. After 3 years of service, they are granted a discharge bonus, which many of them will use to fly to India. Approximately 90 percent will use drugs, and each year some 2,000 of them will need professional help due to drug use. The common name given to this phenomenon is “flipping-out.” Shot over a period of 2 years, this film follows the “flipping-out” of Israeli travelers, most of them under the age of 25. The Chabad houses, Jewish religious posts, a Warm House sponsored by the Israeli Anti-Drug Authority, a rescuer specializing in bringing these young people back home, and thousands of young Israelis are all part of this strange world that has become a must stop in the Israeli coming of age process. Together they portray a comic-tragic story of an entire society that has perhaps flipped out as well.

Festivals and Awards:

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2007

Director: Yoav Shamir

Producer: Michael Sharfshtein, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, Philippa Kowarsky, Kent Martin

Production Company: United King Films. Topia Communications (2003) Ltd., Cinephil, NFB Canada

Cinematographer: Yoav Shamir, Jonathan Ofek, Amnon Zalait

Editor: Era Lapid

Original Soundtrack: Ophir Leibovitch

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television. Keshet Broadcasting, ITVS, ARTE, Sundance Channel, BBC, SBS, VPRO, DR, Documentary Channel Canada

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: פליפ

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