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One Israeli creation for the weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

August 2, 2013 | 12:14 pm

Halahaka/ Wikipedia.

Halahaka ("The Troupe") is a 1978 musical film by Avi Nesher, starring Gidi Gov, Liron Nirgad, Sassi Keshet, Gali Atari, Dafna Armoni and more. This must see Israeli film tells the story of an IDF singing group in the late 60's. It was the time when soldiers/singers were the biggest musical hits, and becoming one was the dream of every highschool student.


Halahaka introduces the viewer to the inner world of such a group, and provides a sneak peek to the relationships, the pressure and the drama. The members of the group deal with personal matters as such, while traveling from one military base to another to entertain the soldiers . But more than a fun "dramedy," Halahaka is a window to the harsh reality into Israeli during the late 60's and the early 70's, when, in between wars, people tried to run a normal life.

 

Shalva (Serenity)

 

Ilu Tziporim... (If birds...)

 

Haben Yakir Li (My dear son)

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