Ameer Got His Gun

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Ameer Got His Gun

Ameer Abu Ria is about to go to the army. As opposed to the majority of 18-year-old boys in Israel, for whom army service is mandatory, Ameer is exempt from military service under the assumption that his enlistment might endanger Israel’s security. That is because Ameer, an Israeli citizen, is a Moslem Arab. Nonetheless, Ameer decides to volunteer. He believes that his induction is the way to equality, he believes this is the way to belong to the state he lives in, the state he wants to love. He is considered an enemy, a fifth columnist in the eyes of Israeli Jews, and a traitor of the worst kind in the eyes of Arab citizens; the kind who turns against his brothers. All alone, Ameer sets out on a voyage to civic- and self-definition, while carefully navigating the thin line between Jewish and Arab societies. Ameer, an eternal optimist, wishes to be both a proud Arab and an enthusiastic Israeli. His only enemy is reality.

Festivals and Awards:

Special Mention at the Jerusalem International film festival, Israel, 2011;
Winner of the Grand Prize at FIPA, Biarritz, France, 2012;
London International Documentary Film Festival, UK, 2012;
Best international documentary at Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Ohio, USA, 2012;
Israeli Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, 2012

Director: Naomi Levari

Producer: Saar Yogev

Production Company: Black Sheep Productions

Cinematographer: Yoram Millo , Yoav Kosh , Naomi Levari

Editor: Tali Halter Shankar

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Makor Foundation, the Gesher Foundation, Reshet, Other Israel

Script: Naomi Levari, Saar Yogev

Distributor: Black Sheep Productions

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: בני דודים לנשק

Ameer Abu Ria is about to go to the army. As opposed to the majority of 18-year-old boys in Israel, for whom army service is mandatory, Ameer is exempt from military service under the assumption that his enlistment might endanger Israel’s security. That is because Ameer, an Israeli citizen, is a Moslem Arab. Nonetheless, Ameer decides to volunteer. He believes that his induction is the way to equality, he believes this is the way to belong to the state he lives in, the state he wants to love. He is considered an enemy, a fifth columnist in the eyes of Israeli Jews, and a traitor of the worst kind in the eyes of Arab citizens; the kind who turns against his brothers. All alone, Ameer sets out on a voyage to civic- and self-definition, while carefully navigating the thin line between Jewish and Arab societies. Ameer, an eternal optimist, wishes to be both a proud Arab and an enthusiastic Israeli. His only enemy is reality.

Festivals and Awards:

Special Mention at the Jerusalem International film festival, Israel, 2011;
Winner of the Grand Prize at FIPA, Biarritz, France, 2012;
London International Documentary Film Festival, UK, 2012;
Best international documentary at Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Ohio, USA, 2012;
Israeli Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, 2012

Director: Naomi Levari

Producer: Saar Yogev

Production Company: Black Sheep Productions

Cinematographer: Yoram Millo , Yoav Kosh , Naomi Levari

Editor: Tali Halter Shankar

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Makor Foundation, the Gesher Foundation, Reshet, Other Israel

Script: Naomi Levari, Saar Yogev

Distributor: Black Sheep Productions

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: בני דודים לנשק

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