Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country’s military, and becomes determined to challenge this rite of passage.
Despite her family’s political disagreements and personal concerns, she refuses military duty and is imprisoned for her dissent. Her concern for Palestinian human rights disqualifies her for status as an official conscientious objector, but her actions sweep her family and community into a journey of political transformation.
Dir. Molly Stuart - 72min - 2019 - USA, Israel
"a sharply focused perspective on a volatile conflict." POV Magazine http://ow.ly/Oflx50EMfg8
"Accompanying Atalya on her journey to understand the historic conflict into which she was born, I was struck by her ability to constantly question her own beliefs and those of others, yet also to identify injustice and act on her convictions. Her capacity for understanding and compassion is matched only by her defiance of the status quo, and those who ask her to maintain it. But her defiance is not that of a seasoned activist or someone out to prove herself. In fact, the principled humility with which Atalya strayed from her expected path caused many to reconsider the cost of their own compliance. Witnessing this dynamic was one of my most memorable experiences of the film." - Molly Stuart