EXCLUSIVE: The filmmakers behind Israel‘s 2024 Worldwide Characteristic Oscar submission are actually engaged on a film about an all-female Israeli Defence Pressure (IDF) tank unit which defended in opposition to the Hamas terror assaults on October 7.
Ayelet Menahemi, whose function Seven Blessings gained this 12 months’s Ophir Prize in Israel, is slated to direct the movie and might be teaming up once more with writer-actress Eleanor Sela who’s writing the script and likewise wrote and starred Seven Blessings.
The movie is impressed by the true occasions relating to the first-of-its-kind all-female tank unit who engaged in fierce battles in opposition to Hamas attackers on the day of the October 7 massacres. The battle was the primary occasion in historical past of an all-female armored unit collaborating in fight.
Along with the battle, the filmmakers inform us the movie may also discover the founding of the unit and the struggles the younger girls combatants confronted to be able to show themselves and be taken critically amid skepticism and at occasions discrimination from male counterparts. Combined gender preventing items in Israel have beforehand been the topic of controversy amongst some politicians and army.
Jewish-Israeli feminine filmmakers Ayelet Menahemi and Eleanor Sela said: “Amidst the inconceivable tales of bravery since October 7, this is among the distinctive and heroic ones. It exhibits what occurs when girls take issues into their very own arms after males forged doubt on their proper and talent to struggle. These younger girls made historical past, twice.”
The movie might be produced by Ehud Bleiberg’s LA-based Bleiberg Leisure, recognized for motion pictures together with Within the Land of Saints and Sinners, The Iceman and The Band’s Go to, together with Ronen Ben Tal (Seven Blessings).
The function might be an Israeli-international co-production, with filming aiming to start in fall 2024.
For the reason that Hamas assaults of October 7, claims have emerged that some senior IDF commanders refused to heed the warnings of younger feminine surveillance troopers tasked with watching the Gaza border within the weeks earlier than the assaults, with sexism cited as an element of their experiences being ignored.
A number of documentaries with regards to the October 7 assaults have emerged in latest months however that is the primary narrative function to be introduced.
The October 7 terror assault by Hamas left greater than 1,200 Israelis lifeless (experiences have additionally emerged of a number of sexual assaults in opposition to girls). The Israeli authorities’s subsequent and ongoing army motion in Gaza has resulted in additional than 17,000 Palestinian deaths, based on Gaza Well being Ministry.