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A film About Courage to Refuse in Jerusalem Film Festival 12/07/2004
 
 

A documentary film about Courage to Refuse, titled "I wanted to be a Hero" participates in the prestigious Wolgin award competition in the Jerusalem Film Festival. The film, by the Israeli director Shiri Zur, follows some of Courage to Refuse members, including the initiators of the Combatants Letter, a signer of the Pilots' Letter and a signer of the MATKAL Commando Unit's Letter. The film brings the combatants personal stories and their testimonies, as well as some of Courage to Refuse's activities.

The gala screening in the festival took place in front of a full house, including many journalists, public figures and Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Members. The director told the audience that there was not a single Israeli TV channel that was willing to buy the film. The rejection, she was told, was purely on political grounds. However, right after the screening the film makers received an offer from an Israeli distributor to show the film in commercial cinemas throughout Israel.

"I wanted to be a Hero" will participate in the Sundance Festival on January 2005. Zur and the film producer, Avi Banon, attended an editing workshop in Sundance institute on June 2004. The actor and director Robert Redford, who saw the film during the workshop, showed a great enthusiasm and asked the Festival organizers to include "I wanted to be a Hero" in the festival.

 

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