Inside the Tank
From 1975 to 2000, Lebanon was engaged in a brutal Civil War. While factions within the country were feuding, outside influences also felt compelled to become involved. One of these was Israel and in 1982, they invaded Lebanon and countless casualties followed. Young Israeli soldiers were doing as they were told and suffering the consequences later in life. Filmmaker Samuel Maoz was one of these soldiers and he felt compelled to illustrate his experience in this award winning film aptly titled Lebanon. Filmed entirely from the inside of a tank, the film tells Maoz's story of his experience as a gunmen. Maoz has long wanted to share the story and the suffering of his experiences as a soldier, but it wasn't until the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon that he was able to find his voice. The result is an arresting and suffocating film that is sparse in dialogue relying heavily on our other senses, of smell, of touch of taste.