Every night, hundreds of IDF soldiers go on dozens of arrest missions in Palestinian villages in the West Bank. The film “Battle Hymn” gives its viewers a one-time peak into this ‘routine’ IDF fundamental experience, where manliness and shame, strength and weakness, lowliness and power, combine. In doing so, the film tells a tale, both realistic and surreal of this crazy and sad place that I call home.
Matan Gez, Roy Alon, Itamar Eliyahu, Tomer Machloof
Yuval Bar On
Venice International Film Festival, Italy , Official Selection , 2019