'AMEER GOT HIS GUN'Israel, 2011.
Awards and festivals:
2012. – Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming – Golden FIPA for Reports and Social Issues 2012. – Chagrin Documentary Film Festival – First Prize 2011. – Jerusalem International Film Festival – Special Mention
Ameer Abu Ria is about to go into the army. As opposed to the majority of 18 year old boys in Israel, for whom army service is mandatory, Ameer is exempt from military service under the assumption that his enlistment might endanger Israel’s security. That is because Ameer, an Israeli citizen, is a Moslem Arab. And yet, Ameer decides to volunteer. He believes that his induction is the way to equality, he believes this is the way to belong to the state he lives in, the state he wants to love. He is considered an enemy, a fifth columnist in the eyes of Israeli Jews, and a traitor of the worst kind in the eyes of Arab citizens; the kind who turns against his brothers. Ameer, an eternal optimist, wishes to be both a proud Arab and an enthusiastic Israeli while his only enemy is reality.