Two Kids a Day
By David Wachsmann
On average, two Palestinian kids are arrested every night by the Israeli army. They are interrogated, tried, and sent to prison. TWO KIDS A DAY describes the use of minors' arrests to control and repress Palestinian society.
Producers: Yoav Roeh, Aurit Zamir
Co-producers: Venla Hellstedt, Mohamad Babai
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Sales: Esther van Messel - First Hand Films
Broadcasters: yes Docu
CrewPhotography: Adi mozes
Editing: David Reinlib
Original Music: Sanna Salmenkallio
The film allows a one-time glimpse of video materials from the four children's interrogations. Through the interrogations, the personal story of the children and their friendship is revealed, as well as the story of the refugee camp from which they come and the story of the Palestinian people struggling for independence.
Through the children's stories, the film presents a broad picture of the method behind the arrests of minors in the West Bank. The purpose of this method is to "break" the popular uprising in the villages that oppose the occupation. The arrests of the children suppress the resistance. Each year, over 700 Palestinian minors are arrested throughout the West Bank. 95 percent of the minors arrested live within one kilometer of a settlement and there is a direct link between the minors' detention and the IDF's protection of the settlements.
Throughout the film, key characters from the system are interviewed. A soldier who took part in arrests, Former deputy division head in the Israeli security agency, a human rights lawyer and a former military prosecutor. They shed light on the method and its modes of action and turn the personal story of the four children into a much wider story.
Jerusalem Film Festival 2022 - Diamond Competition For Israeli Documentary Films
David Wachsmann was born in northern Israel not far from the border with Lebanon and currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He studied at the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. In his films, David deals with social and political issues that motivate him to action. He creates out of a belief in the power of cinema to create even the slightest change of consciousness.