Jerusalem U's new film, When the Smoke Clears, tells the true stories of young Israeli soldiers whose injuries leave them fighting for the strength to live. Making breakthroughs and finding meaning by reaching out to those in need, they discover that what didn’t kill them really did make them stronger. This film shares the inspiring accounts of Gil, Ofer, and Elad – young Israeli war veterans whose unthinkable battle experiences leave them with life-altering mental and physical scars. Returning to society, their experiences and trauma disconnect them from all they once valued, turning their lives upside down.
When all seems lost, a revolutionary idea gives them the hope, courage, tools and community to survive, and to embrace their identities as heroes both on and off the battlefield. Banding together in a family of wounded soldiers, they learn to face their obstacles together and discover that in conquering their pain, they might have more to offer than ever before. When the Smoke Clears follows this band of brothers during the darkest times of their lives, and proves that massive growth and healing can come through giving to others, transforming us into heroes in our own lives and in the lives of those around us.
Directed by Rebecca Shore · Israel · 2017 · 85 min · English, Hebrew with subtitles
Presented by the JCC Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival.
Co-sponsored by Spencer M. Partrich Foundation