Ever Shot Anyone? AND Hide and Seek | Chicago Reader

Ever Shot Anyone? AND Hide and Seek

These two video documentaries by Israeli women confront different aspects of their society. In Iris Rubin's Hide and Seek (1998) three Sephardic women join a local drama workshop, an apparently innocuous activity that some of their husbands perceive as a threat. One woman explains that before she joined the group her life revolved around her family, while a husband complains that his wife is neglecting her homemaking duties. Rubin's loosely structured, discursive form avoids a single conclusion, her meandering style appropriate to the women's gradual self-discovery. 54 min. In Ever Shot Anyone? (1996) director Michal Aviad does a month of reserve duty on the Golan Heights with an all-male unit, hoping to explore “Israeli male identity.” After interviewing the men—who describe their friendships with each other and declare that they'd never allow their wives to spend a month making a film—she comes to the unsurprising conclusion that soldiers “lose their individuality.” Wondering what she's up to, the men make a parody of her video, which is silly enough to be appealing. 60 min.


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