Ameer, an Arab-Moslem-Israeli citizen, volunteers to join the Israeli Army with the innocent belief that his induction will turn him into an equal citizen.
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. And yet, Ameer decided 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 column 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 is setting 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 while his only enemy is reality.
Directors: Naomi Levari
Producers: Saar Yogev
Photography: Yoram Millo, Yoav Kosh, Naomi Levari
Editing: Tali Halter Shenkar
Sound: Ronen Nagel
Music: Ophir Laibovich
Production Company: Black Sheep Film Productions
Grand Prize FIPA 2012; Special Mention- Jerusalem IFF 2011
Orginal Title: Bnei Dodim La'Neshek
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Length: 57:31 min