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The Boys From Lebanon

Directed by: Ohad Ofaz
52 Minutes, 2008, Documentary; Other Israel Film Festival

In May 2000, the South Lebanese Army (SLA) collapsed and its members fled in fear of Hezbollah fighters into Israel, their ally who had abandoned them. 700 families of SLA refugees remain in Israel today. Pierre and Massoud are sons of an SLA officer who brought his family to Israel when the two were boys. Pierre aspires to dedicate himself to the Lebanese music he loves, but he is forced to support his family instead. Massoud brings together a group of friends, all sons of former SLA fighters, and starts a basketball team called Erez Naharia (“Cedars of Naharia”). This is the story of children who were born in war-torn southern Lebanon and fled with their parents to Israel a story of youth and dreams in the shadow of war, betrayal and exile.