#SCHOOLYARD. AN UNTOLD STORY
70 minutes, 2021
Director : Nurit KEDAR (Israel)
Production : Nurit KEDAR (Israel)
In 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon. What was seen as a simple operation to dislodge the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from the southern border region escalated into a massive war followed by a military occupation which lasted almost two decades. In the coastal city of Sidon, an Israeli paratroop company was ordered to guard over 1,000 prisoners in a school playground. Among the prisoners were a handful of militants, many civilians and a few doctors from the adjacent Red Crescent hospital. What was thought to be a simple task degenerated. There were many mistakes, resulting in the death of several prisoners. The soldiers who took part in this tragic event, the doctors who witnessed their war crimes, and the prisoners who endured their torture, never spoke. Until today.
Nurit Kedar is an Israeli documentary film-maker. She has received several awards both for her career and her documentaries. In particular her film “Life Sentences” won the Van Leer Group Foundation Award for Best Documentary and the Golden Lens at the 2013 Jerusalem Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award at the Millenium Film Festival. On television she worked as senior producer in CNN’s Jerusalem bureau. She is also an executive producer of the Israeli Channel 12 (commercial channel) for which she has also made documentaries. All her films have been shown on Israeli broadcasting networks.