The Israel Film Fund Collection

One of Us

112 Minutes, 1989
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Directed by: Uri Barbash
Production:Zvi Spielmann, Shlomo Mograbi
Photographer: Amnon Salomon
Original Music: Ilan Virtzberg
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Raffa (Sharon Alexander), an investigating officer with the IDF’s military police, arrives at an army base to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of a Palestinian youth which may or may not have been a homicide. There, he reunites with Yotam (Alon Aboutboul) who was his best friend during basic training in the Paratroopers’ Brigade and is now company commander at the base. At this point, the story flashes back to three years earlier, at basic training, where we learn that the two friends were originally a trio that included Amir (Dan Toren). Back to the present: Amir, we find out, was killed by the same Palestinian youth whose death is at the heart of Raffa’s investigation. Meanwhile, the soldiers at the base – including Yotam – all resign to keep quiet in an effort to cover up the truth. The closer Raffa gets to cracking the case, the more he is torn between his loyalty to his friends – his basic training ‘brothers in arms’ – and his loyalty to the job, the quest for the truth, and justice.
One of Us is based on a stage play of the same title, written by Benny Barbash, that had a successful run during the 1988 season at Tel Aviv’s Beit Lessin Theatre. The film went on to win all the top awards at that year’s Jerusalem Film Festival, including Best Director, Best Male Lead (Sharon Alexander), and Best Female Lead (Dalia Shimko).

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