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by Yariv Horowitz


The Gaza Strip in the early summer of 1989. A company of young Israeli soldiers reports for duty in the occupied area. Continuous clashes with the Palestinian population soon claim their first fatality: one of the soldiers, Iliya, is killed when a washing machine is dropped on him from the rooftop of an apartment block. The perpetrator escapes. In order to find him, their commanding officer orders some of the soldiers to take up position on the roof for the weekend. In spite of vehement protests from the building's Palestinian owner, who fears being considered a collaborator, Aki, Ariel, Haim and Tomer begin their vigil. A lounger is set up and they listen to rock music on their transistor radio. But when the dead soldier Iliya’s father, now a broken man, pays them a visit they realise each and every one of them will lose their innocence in that place.

international title: Rock the Casbah
original title: Rock Ba-Casba
country: Israel, France
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Yariv Horowitz
film run: 93'
release date: FR 08/05/2013
screenplay: Guy Meirson, Yariv Horowitz
cast: Yon Tumarkin, Yotam Ishay, Roy Nik, Iftach Rave, Khawla Alhaj Debsi
cinematography by: Amnon Zalait
film editing: Isaac Sehayek
art director: Ariel Glazer
costumes designer: Inbal Shuki
music: Assaf Amdursky
producer: Michael Sharfshtein, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
co-producer: Adam Leibovitz, Paul Saadoun, Cyrille Perez, Gilles Perez
production: ARTE France Cinéma, Crescendofilms, 13 Productions, Topia Communications, United King Films/Israel
backing: Israel Film Center
distributor: Shellac Distribution
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main awards/selection

Jerusalem Film Festival 2012 
Berlinale 2013 Panorama
Bergamo Film Meeting 2013 
Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen Bruxelles 2013 

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