In Israel, soldiers are recruited at the age of 18. A couple of months later, they are already in charge of Palestinian civil life, in almost every aspect. Their missions might include breaking into family homes, enforcing lockdowns, or arresting children. Six ex-soldiers face the camera, and recall their recent service. Including rare cell-phone footage, captured by local witnesses, MISSION: HEBRON offers an unflinching guide to the most troubled city in the West Bank.

Director's Statement

When I was 18 years old, I joined the army. Recruitment is mandatory in Israel, and we are educated never to doubt its necessity. I wanted to make films, so I pulled every string I could in order to get to the IDF Filming Unit. As strange as it sounds, the army was where I fell in love with filmmaking.
MISSION: HEBRON allows me to go back to those years in the army, but this time with a critical perspective. A perspective 18-year-olds simply don't have.

Director's Biography

Rona Segal is an Israeli director and screenwriter. Rona has written the feature film SIX ACTS (2013), Winner of the TVE “Another Look” award in San Sebastian Film Festival 2012, Best Screenplay and Best Debut at the Haifa Film Festival 2012, Jury’s award at the POEF 2013, and more. SIX ACTS was distributed worldwide by Playtime.
Rona has directed two web series, TRAIL BLAZERS (2018) and CAUGHT IN THE WEB (2020), which premiered at Fipadoc, Biarritz, and was nominated for Best Israeli web series 2020. Her latest short documentary, MISSION: HEBRON, premiered at IDFA 2020, and was selected as an EFA Short Film Candidate by Tampere Film Festival 2021. Later this year, MISSION: HEBRON won the Oscar-qualifying Best Film award at Short Shorts Film Festival in Japan, Best short documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival and Human Values award at Drama Short Film Festival in Greece.

2020 - MISSION: HEBRON, short doc
2020 - CAUGHT IN THE WEB, doc web series
2019 - BIG CATS, short
2018 - TRAIL BLAZERS, doc web series

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Rona Segal

Written by: Rona Segal

Produced by: Idit Kliger, Kobi Mizrahi

Cinematography: Itay Marom

Editing: Ayelet Ofarim

Production Design: Lueiz Braha

Original Score: Tal Yardeni

Sound: Nati Zeidenstadt

Visual Effects: Gal Muggia

Main Cast: Louis Averbuch, Nitzan Ron, Ron Zeidel, Yonatan Stearman, Dean Issacharoff, Nadav Bigelman

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2021