A Refusenik's Mother| 49mins
Director: Ori Ben Dov | Producer: Hillel Nave & Ravid Biran
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Israel
"A Refusnik's Mother" is a story of an Israeli mother, whose eldest son decides to go against her fundamental beliefs, and the Israeli law. He refuses to join the Israeli army - "The Occupation Army", in his words. It's a personal film, which describes the drama of conscientious objection from a mother's point of view. It shows a vast conflict, a formal and a family one. It's a documentation of a family struggle during the hardest time of their lives. This personal struggle reflects some of the deepest dilemmas of the Israeli society: the occupation and its moral consequences, recruitment to the army as an unquestioned norm, the moral state of the Israeli society and the way it treats its next generation.