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.

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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 zero seniority he was given the scut work, with no...