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Beneath the Silence

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2016
  • 106 min.
  • Director(s): Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit
  • Producer(s): Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit


Israel 1973. Six years after the Six Day War, Menashe is still deeply traumatized by his experiences as a soldier. He withdraws from society and spends hours aimlessly driving around in his red pickup. His young wife Daphna and their 10-year old son Shlomi suffer under his silence and rejection. At a time when PTSD is still not recognized as a medical condition, Daphna struggles to get help from the military. When the Yom Kippur War breaks out and Menashe is sent again to the battlefield, his family threaten to finally fall apart.

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Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit


Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit


Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit


Tomer Moneta


Erez Mizrahi


Leading Roles: Amos Tamam, Adva Bole, Roy Fink. Eran Ivanir, Ben Sela, Yahav Sabag, Michal Levi, Shalom Korem, Yael Yekel, Shai Zabib, Tom Kroitero

Original Language



English, French, Hebrew

Produced with the help of

Makor foundation for Israeli film, Israel film fund

Sound Designer

Yossi Appelbaum

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Best European Feature Film
    Tirana International Film Festival
  • Winner

    Best Narrative Feature Film
    Somerville International Film Festival
  • Winner

    Best Actress Award
    Shanghai International Film Festival
  • Winner

    Best Narrative Feature Film
    Sydney World Film Festival

Embassy of Israel in Chengdu, China, 2019

Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, 2018

Salento International Film Festival, Italy, 2017

Tirana International Film Festival, Albania, 2017

Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2017

Shanghai International Film Festival, China, 2017

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Sydney World Film Festival, Australia, 2017

Madrid Film Festival, Spain, 2017

Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, First Feature, 2016

Filmfest Hamburg, Germany, NDR Young Talents, 2016

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, Forum Section, 2016

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  • "An important film that demonstrates the long-term terrible toll Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome has on soldiers – in this case, Israeli soldier, Menashe."
    - Nancy Snipper, SN Travel and Arts without Borders