Set in the Gaza Strip in 1989, Rock the Casbah follows a group of Israeli soldiers watching over Arabs in the Occupied Territories. One of them is killed by a local, who escapes. The soldiers’ mission becomes focused on avenging the death of their fallen comrade, Iliya. The situation is especially troublesome for Tomer, a young soldier who struggles with mixed feelings about the occupation. The others tease him for his playful interactions with the Arab children, whom they call “little terrorists.” But the residents are weary of the soldiers, and Tomer and his buddies become the target of their frustrations. While initially apprehensive about revenge, Tomer comes face-to-face with Iliya’s gloating killer. Has war changed him? Will he pull the trigger? Rock the Casbah profiles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the ground, capturing the chaos and frustrations on both sides of the line.
–Cleveland International Film Festival
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Country: Israel & France
Language: Hebrew with subtitles
Director: Yariv Horowitz
Screenwriters: Yariv Horowitz, Guy Meirson
Cast: Yon Tumarkin, Yotam Ishay, Angel Bonanni, Roy Nik, Iftach Rave