To See If I’m Smiling, Documentary, Israel 2007. A Film by Tamar Yarom
A personal account of female soldiers about their life in the Israeli Army.
A female point of view on the drama of an unending war, on the moral challenges they faced at the encounter with the Palestinian population. Questions that were not dealt with during the service are raised today with great pain – and courage. The young women look back critically at the way they handled the power that was placed in their hands at the young age of eighteen. Did they really smile in the pictures?
In 1988 the filmmaker served herself in the Israeli Defence Force in the Occupied Territories. ‘How could I ever think I’d forget…’ is what one of the young women asks herself at then end of this film.