For 'Rock the Casbah' Helmer, a Director's Chair Became a Therapist's Couch

Yariv Horowitz, whose first feature film nabbed the prestigious International Confederation of Art Cinemas award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, says making a movie about Israeli soldiers during the first intifada wasn't just cathartic for him. It was cathartic for the entire nation.

When Yariv Horowitz was drafted, 23 years ago, he was assigned to the Film Unit of the Israel Defense Forces' Spokesperson Office. As a tyro filmmaker with...