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‘Ichilov’: Life behind the stethoscope

by Marcy Oster, JTA

April 8, 2013 | 2:14 pm

Ichilov hospital

Ichilov hospital

Move over "Grey's Anatomy," an Israeli reality series set in a Tel Aviv hospital is providing a look at life through the eyes of overworked and overtired doctors.

“Ichilov” follows the doctors from several wards at Ichilov Hospital as they care for patients.

The series, which took two years to film, is airing on the Yes Doco channel, a satellite television station.

“The idea was to tell a story through doctors' eyes. A story experienced over their shoulders, through their eyes, through their experiences,” Israeli filmmaker Ruthie Shatz told Haaretz. "We wanted to show what it’s like to be a surgeon and the burden one carries after picking inside human bodies all day long.

"One must deal with these changes, between looking a person in the eye and being human and compassionate and being focused enough to save his live. If you're not the best at this job, you cannot continue doing it.”

Shatz and her partner, movie director Adi Barash, decided to tackle the documentary series after Shatz and her mother were patients at Ichilov Hospital. Shatz's mother had cancer and died, while Shatz suffered from complications of pregnancy.

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