A Film by: Roni Aboulafia
(Israel, 2012, 50 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles)
Meir Moses is on a quest to expose classified details about the affair that turned him into a haunted man. His story takes us back to one of Israel's big myths of heroism and self sacrifice.
58-years ago he was one of an elite group of Israeli soldiers that fell captivate in Syria while on a covert military operation. After weeks of interrogation, one of his unit members hung himself in his cell. When his body was returned to Israel, notes fall out of his cloths. One of them reads: 'I did not betray, I killed myself'. General Dayan quotes it at the funeral in an emotional eulogy, turning the young soldier who chose death over disclosing military secrets to the enemy, into an ultimate hero.
This will prove disastrous for Meir Moses and his friends, still held in the Syrian captivity.
Indeed, upon returning as part of a prisoner-exchange deal they find themselves in a new ordeal. Reality has changed; the hero who returned in a coffin casts a dark shadow over the POW's that returned alive. Meir Moses is court-martialed for cowardice in the face of the enemy and Treason. The decorated officer is stripped of his ranks and cast out to live a life of public humiliation and denunciation.
In his personal quest, Meir yearns for redemption but his story reverberates loudly in a society that still battles with the same dilemmas today.
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