Monday, May 9, 2011
Jericho's Echo - Punk Rock In the Holy Land
This is probably the worst documentary that was ever made about the israeli punk scene. In my opinion, the creators of the film just didn't spend the required time in the country to collect footage and to learn about what was going on with the scene at the time, so they had to invent a story that will tie everything together into one plot line. The only reason to watch this film, is if you want to see how cute I was when I was 17. For a better documentary about israeli punk, I recommend Isvey Pere 1 & 2, but since each documentary contains footage of different bands in different times, I decided it's worth mentioning this film on my blog. The rest of this post was shamelessly ripped off the Radical Library:
"Mohawks, stage diving, fists flying. Homemade band t-shirts, circle pits, singalongs. These scenes are not unfamiliar; They have flooded pop culture imagery for over 25 years. The punk rock ethos gains new relevance in Israel when band members' choices are often between picking up a guitar or picking up a gun.
Jericho's Echo introduces us to some of the colorful characters of the little-known Israeli punk scene, and gives us insights into their lives through interviews, verite' scenes, and live musical footage. The young people in these bands represent the future of this important region, and their views are not those usually portrayed by the mainstream media.
A topic that figures greatly in these young punks' lives is the decision of whether or not to fulfill their mandatory military service. One of the only ways to avoid service is to undergo evaluation by the Military Psychiatrist and be legally deemed psychotic. This is the route that many punks have decided to take. The implications of this decision are thoughtfully covered in the documentary, along with topics ranging from the Israeli Religious Right, to suicide bombings and the future of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Ultimately, Jericho's Echo displays a positive message by showing the perseverance of these relative outcasts to make their art and make changes in society despite the pressures to conform and the difficulties of living in a seemingly un-ending war zone."