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The Alpha Diaries – Operation Pillar of Defense

We were called on Friday evening. We left everything – our work, families and daily duties – and went to serve our country. That’s how we live our lives here in Israel, and it has nothing to do with our political believes. Though I can’t say I was eager to fight, I was ready to follow my friends into battle. By Saturday morning Alpha Company was ready to march. This time luck was on our side, and by the end of a very long week, a cease-fire was declared and Operation Amud Anan AKA Pillar of Defence came to an end. I can’t go into specifics about what we did that week, but I did took some photos and video footage so I could later spread the taste of oil and sand. Since it was such a weird experience we’ve decided to make a clip with Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine man as soundtrack. When I’ve uploaded it to YouTube it was immediately blocked due to copyright reasons. I found even more trippy version of the song made by William Shatner, and I think it took it further more into a delirium. Shifting from being a normal citizen and a soldier is such a strange transformation that I think this short clip captured a little of what that could do to your conception of reality. The contrast between an armed soldier and a free minded individual is huge, but that’s exactly what beautiful and unique in being a reserve soldier in the IDF.

If you liked that, take a ride with Alpha Company and watch the documentary “The Alpha Diaries“.

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The Alpha Diaries

On April 2002 I started my photographic journey with Alpha company. The holiday just began and we all had our plans for the free days to come. But after a shocking terrorist attack on Passover eve, the government issued a special order to recruit the reserve units and send them into the Palestinians towns. The military operation was called “Defensive Shield”. My regiment was sent into Bethlehem, where we fought for three weeks. When I had my first chance to take the camera with me I started filming our actions, and I kept doing it for 5 years.

In 2007 I took all the stock of footage and made it into a documentary called “The Alpha Diaries”. This documentary was shown on television channels all over the world, and participated in many film festivals. Now I made a new HD copy of the movie and placed it on YouTube for everybody to watch and to experience how it is to leave everything and become a soldier for one month, every year.

Credits:

Producer: Avi Kleinberger

Director: Yaniv Berman

Editor: Ronit Porat, Gabi Shihor

On-Line: Serg Bezrukoff

Music: Gad Emile Zeitune

Camera: Yaniv Berman

Stills and more video footage: Omri Takoa

Sound Design: Michael Goorevich

 


Alpha Diaries – The Next Generation – Tzhehelim, Feb. 2011

את פלוגה א’ התחלתי לתעד כבר בשנת 2002 במבצע חומת מגן, אבל אחרי שסיימתי את הסרט הדוקומנטרי – “שלום פלוגה א” די הזנחתי את הפרוייקט. מאז ה”סרט” עברה הפלוגה שלי תהפוכות רבות, ורוב החיילים התחלפו, וגם ה”עתיקים” שהיו מתנדבים עד גיל 50 כבר הפסיקו להגיע. מה שהדהים אותי לגלות באימון שממנו אני מתאושש ברגעים אלו ממש, זה שאני כבר לא צעיר, וכל הגוף חורק כאשר אני מעמיס עליו משקל וצועד כל הלילה בקור. בקיצור, אני ובני גילי גם הופכים להיות עתיקים

ניסיתי לצלם וידאו, אבל סופות חול המטורפות שהשתוללו בצאלים מנעו ממני להתרוצץ עם המצלמה – אני צריך להשיג לה מעיל רוח לפעם הבאה

בכל אופן, לפני שאני מעלה את הפוסטים על פלוגה א’ של הימים ההם, הנה כמה תמונות של פלוגה א’ – הדור הבא

הכנות ליציאה לתרגיל

פריינטה ה”עתיק” החדש

בריינס המ”מ המורעל

קנדל האדיש

סיגריה של בוקר בשטח

רן שותה קפה

ובודק אם יש הודעות מהלילה

יש מי שמצליח לתפוס תנומה בקור הזה

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