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Looking for the Lost Voice

International Premiere

Israel | 69 MINUTES | Hebrew |


The Galilee may be the Tuscany of the Middle East, but it sits, as Amiram Goldin says, "on a barrel of gunpowder." In the summer of 2002, Goldin's son Omri, a soldier in the Israeli Army, the lead singer in the punk rock band Lucy's Pussy, and the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, was on a bus that was blown up by a suicide bomber. Tzipi Trope's documentary, Looking for the Lost Voice, follows Amiram through a year of mourning for a son who was learning Arabic and writing songs about social justice. Amiram continues to work on an industrial development project he initiated between the Israeli town of Sachin and the Palestinian town of Misgav, the only project of its kind in the Galilee, even though the Israeli government has stopped funding it. He sifts through the rubble of the explosion with his oldest son. With Peace Now, he takes a bus tour of the West Bank, where the settlers yell at the activists. Along with his friend Muhammed from the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum, he graffitis the concrete wall that divides their territories. He tries to organize a concert outside the Knesset protesting the occupation, meanwhile asking his son's band to change its name. Then another bus explodes, this one in Haifa. Meanwhile, Omri's mother Tilda, who is well into her fifties, is pregnant again. And every day, Omri's prophetic song "The Day the Country was Destroyed" inches closer to reality.