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Ameer Got His Gun

Directed by: Naomi Levari
58 Minutes, 2011, Documentary; Other Israel Film Festival

Unlike 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 Muslim Arab. And yet, Ameer decides 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. Ameer is setting a voyage to civic and self definition, while carefully navigating the thin line between Jewish and Arab societies. Being an eternal optimist Ameer wishes to be both a proud Arab and enthusiastic Israeli while his only enemy is reality.

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Director: Naomi Levari

Producer: Saar Yogev

Editor: Tali Halter-Shenkar