Tuesday, 7 November, 8:20pm:
Director: Rebecca Shore | Israel | 2017 | Drama | Hebrew | English subtitles | 85 mins
Kindly sponsored by Keren Hayesod / United Israel Appeal (UIA)
Kindly supported by the Consulate General of Israel, Hong Kong
Q&A with Yaron Buskila lieutenant colonel in the IDF to follow the film*
When the Smoke Clears reveals powerful, personal and inspirational stories of young Israeli soldiers whose injuries have forced them to forge a new identity and rebuild their lives. Making breakthroughs and finding hope by reaching out to those in need, they discover renewed meaning and healing through giving to others. A moving documentary that shows us how, by overcoming adversity, we can become heroes in our own lives and in the lives of others.
This film tells the true stories of soldiers from Achim L’chaim – Brothers for Life, an organisation strongly supported by the HK Jewish community.
* Our speaker Yaron Buskila, is a lieutenant colonel in the IDF who currently serves as deputy brigade commander.
He enlisted in the elite Golani unit as a combat soldier and later served in a range of command positions, including squad commander and, ultimately, battalion commander.
Yaron was the Operations Officer of the Judea and Samaria Division for two years and later served as IDF Special Operations Officer, responsible for all the secret operations of the IDF.
Subsequently, he served as commander of the Southern Command’s training base and was responsible for preparing all the forces for fighting in Gaza and the tunnels, including the Tzuk Eitan operation.
Yaron was wounded three times in the army. First, in Lebanon from Hezbollah fire; second, in Gaza from the explosion caused by a suicide bomber; and for a third time, in the Jordan Valley in clashes with an infiltrating terrorist who murdered a mother and a daughter in their home.
He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, an MBA and will soon begin his PhD.