“Half a Ton of Bronze is a mixture of a Middle-Eastern western and a cynical comedy about a world in which values are sold by the pound.”
Since 1938, the bronze equestrian statue of Alexander Zaid, a legendary Zionist pioneer who founded the Hashomer defense organization, stood guard proudly in Beit Shearim National Park in Israel. In 2007 the statue disappeared.
The statue travels from one greedy hand to another, while Alec Zaid steps out of his grandfather’s shadow to become a hero, a pathetic one but a hero nonetheless. As father and son fight to retrieve the statue, they soon enough find themselves deep in trouble.
Alexander Zaid’s statue is visited today less for its heritage and more for being an excellent location for the neighborhood teenagers to make-out.
- Title: Half a Ton of Bronze
- Director: Yiftach Chozev
- Country: Israel
- Year: 2010
- Running Time: 57 min.
- Genre: Short Film