Policeman

Policeman

Streaming Video - 2011 | Hebrew
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Yaron, an elite special operations squad leader is the spiritual leader and alpha male among his peers, a small, highly trained team that is part of the Israeli Defense Ministry's Anti-Terrorism unit. Like a band of brothers these men work play laugh and cry together. They are true patriots, they love their country their families and each other. Yaron is ambitious and energetic but a cyclone of emotions consumes him. His wife is expecting their first child and the failing health of a team member weighs on his soul as the men contend with an unforgivable accident resulting from a miscalculation during a recent rescue mission and the price that must be paid as a result of this. As the story shifts the antagonists are introduced, a small group of young passionate idealist and politically extreme individuals with their own vision of how Israeli society should be. They see themselves as a Robin Hood of sorts and although their means involve methods of terrorism set forth to make their misguided vision a reality. Circumstances swell and Yaron faces something he never imagined, the prospect of the very sort of evil he works to eliminate taking on the form of his beloved Israeli countrymen. For the sake of his team, his expectant wife, and himself he must hold himself together and perform his duties.
Publisher: [United States] : Corinth Films : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 113 min.)) : sd., col

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2017

This is the most beautiful country in the world.
Yaron!
Daniel!
Shlomi!
Ariel!
Amir!
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Yaron to Nili at home: Nili, don't tell anyone that the doctor said you could give birth any day now. It's bad luck.
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Yaron to Eli at a party: Nili couldn't come, she had to rest because of the pregnancy.
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Guys, given the collected testimonies and Ariel's medical condition, you're stating that Ariel was responsible for the shooting that hit the El Zubeiyedi family.
-That's what we decided after we discussed it.
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It was nice at Eli's yard. He has a house with a lawn.
- His wife inherited it.
After our daughter is born, when we have a little more money, we'll also buy something like that.
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You left at night and I didn't know where you were going and when you'd get back. I followed you all the way here and now I'm all alone. We will end with the song you loved so much, '"Yoram'".

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2017

Nathanel: The son of the Regional Judge Brenner. A member of the Socialist Struggle.
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Yotam: He is the waiter who shot the cameraman. He's been catering here for six months, collecting information. He served as an officer in the paratrooper unit.
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Michael: A militant in the Avant-Garde radical organization many years ago.
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Oded: The old guy's son. All sorts of activities: Against the Separation Wall, Let the Animals Live, nonsense.
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We don't know who she is.
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Not Arabs. Jews.
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I'm not scared of you, you midget. The police will save us and kill you. And if by any chance you'll end up in jail you'll be released in 20 years, miserable, ugly. At night you'll dream of being like me.

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2017

Policemen, you are not our enemies. Policemen, you are also oppressed.
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Inside there are very important hostages. Pillars of our country. People who hold this country together.
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You're not a human being, you're a bride. You don't have a head, you have a hairdo. You don't have a face, you have makeup. You don't have breasts, you have a matching lace bra. You don't have a body, you have a dress which you're willing to kill and die for. This... is the size of your personality. This is the most personal thing that has ever and will ever happen to you. And if you happen to get out of here alive, you will only continue to die. You will continue to oppress the slaves in your father's salt factory and to be a slave yourself. A father's daughter, a husband's wife, a children's mother and someone's mistress.

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2017

It's time for the poor to get rich and for the rich to start dying. Not outside of nature, rather within it, does money circulate. It breathes and exhales, goes up and down, never sleeps. It sucks on the bones it hasn't devoured, forever hungry.
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Amnon Zahavi pays the CEO 1.5 million shekels per month to cut 100 shekels from the cleaning worker's salaries. For 3,650 shekels a month they work over 12 hours a day, don't get paid for over time and can be fired without notice. They have neither pension plans nor medical insurance... In 10 years, the salary gap increased by 5. I guess the bosses' brains got 5 times bigger and the cleaning lady's job got 5 times easier. A quarter of the salt industry workers are underpaid. ... While the Tel Aviv stock exchange breaks records... Poverty rate is the highest
in the western world. People are standing in line for food stamps worth 100 shekels...

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2017

Revolution is not poetry, it's prose. You're addressing people who will have to use weapons. Revolutions always start too early, when no reasonable person would give it a chance. This is why we must be very strong with words.
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Being so rich in a country where there is such poverty, is a crime. Your corpses, like crosses, will mark these scenes of crime.
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Tranquility is a lie. Silence is mud.
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A revolutionary is a doomed man with no sentiments, no emotional ties, not even a name. His true nature is the opposite of romanticism, of sentimentality. A doomed man. Friendship, love, family relations, he brutally represses it all, for the sake of a cold and absolute desire. One pleasure, one compensation, one solace, one solemn satisfaction. The joy of destruction, the success of the revolution.

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2017

'"It's time for the poor to get rich and for the rich to start dying. The Jewish State has become a state of masters and slaves. Those who have a private plane to take them wherever they want and those who don't have money for a bus ride. An evil state yelling at us to stay tranquil. Tranquility is a lie, silence is mud. ... At least the Palestinians know they're occupied."
-Why mention the Palestinians here? We have to make it simple. Israel is the Western state with the biggest gap between rich and poor. World champions.
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"It's time for the poor to get rich and for the rich to start dying. The majority is numbed with hatred of the other. This is obvious. The minority, perceiving itself as free, is numbed with individual freedom and free sex. Today nothing is less subversive than sex. We, a group of comrades who refuse to detach what we think from the way we live. We - at the age where supreme happiness is not sleep or leisure. We have decided to act."

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2017

AKA Ha-Shoter with three acts: First showed off the fitness, unity and family lives of a “Magnum Force” team of elite anti-terrorism unit that included state sanctioned assassinations. The second part introduced an anti-establishment bourgeois youth group whose mission was to bring the attention to economic inequality in Israel. The final segment brought the two opposite extreme groups, “patriotic” proletarian policemen and the now turned violent youth cell, to a deadly confrontation. The film was released in 2011, the same year of wide spread social protest against the gap between rich and poor in Israel, which was preceded by similar international movements as “Seattle WTO protests of 1999” and followed by Occupy Wall-Street/Mong-Kok etc. Took a while to get into the film and wonder if the first two parts should be interlaced for better flow of events. Nonetheless, an honest film on both sides of the social turmoil of Israel in 2011 that brought about significant domestic changes to Israel, see “2011 The social protest" (המחאה החברתית Hamechaa Hahevratit)” in Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Israeli_social_justice_protests

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