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Beneath the Helmet
A documentary film that takes viewers “beneath the helmet” and tells the stories of young Israeli soldiers.
Jerusalem U
Jerusalem, Israel
Verified Nonprofit
$10,020 USD raised by 118 backers
100% of $10,000 
flexible goal
No time left

Beneath the Helmet is a documentary film about Israeli high school graduates.
Who are also soldiers.

Beneath the Helmet goes behind-the-scenes and explores the lives of five Israeli soldiers who just graduated high school. While their counterparts in the United States are enrolling in college, Israeli teenagers are drafted into a  2-3 year military service to safeguard their homes.

Opponents of Israel paint a grim picture of Israel’s men and women in uniform. But beneath every helmet there is an untold story. It is this story that our film seeks to share.

Visit www.beneathhelmet.com to watch the film trailer. 

Meet the cast

In our film, we follow five soldiers from diverse backgrounds and explore the personal stories and motivations that inform their service. The film features:

  • Eden, a 20 year-old officer who is charged with the welfare of 30 paratroopers.
  • Coral, a female sergeant who considered evading army service but changed her mind after high school.
  • Mekonan, an immigrant from Ethiopia who is faced with personal challenges that threaten his service.
  • Oren, a lone soldier from Switzerland who volunteered to serve at the age of 18.
  • Eilon, the first member of his family to serve in the army.

What's next?

To date, we have filmed over 100 hours of footage. We followed the soldiers through 35-mile marches, parachute school, and close-quarter and simulated combat.

Now we need to transform this raw footage into a cinematic masterpiece to share the compelling stories of these Israeli soldiers with audiences worldwide.

Your contribution will help us script, edit, and score the film. (It takes close to a week just to watch the raw footage from beginning to end!)

We aim to complete post-production and begin distributing the film in the fall of 2014.

The Impact

This groundbreaking film is the first of its kind, telling the personal stories of the young men and women who put their lives on the line to protect their families and defend their homeland. Every (tax deductible) dollar that you contribute brings us closer to completing the film. Your support is greatly appreciated.

To show our appreciation, we’re offering the following perks:

  • A sneak-peek of the film when it is completed
  • Stunning still photographs from our eight-month journey
  • Custom  “Beneath the Helmet” dog tags
  • Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and soldiers
  • Personalized movie posters signed by the soldiers
  • Exclusive invitations to a film-launch premiere
  • The chance to have your name appear in the credits

Show your support by sharing this project with others who care. Use the social media buttons below and check out our website www.BeneathHelmet.com to learn more!

Perks
$5
USD
Corporal
Get access to exclusive, stunning stills that we've captured on our film shoots.
5 claimed
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$20
USD
Sergeant
Receive a set of "Beneath the Helmet" dog tags and be among the first to receive the film as a digital download.
63 out of 300 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$100
USD
Lieutenant
All of the above + attend an online Q&A session with the filmmakers and one of the soldiers from the film.
10 out of 250 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$250
USD
Captain
Choose from several unique "Beneath the Helmet" movie posters signed by the soldier of your choice + get the dog tags mentioned above and a "Beneath the Helmet" DVD.
6 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Colonel
Receive all the aforementioned perks + an exclusive invitation to one of the movie launch premieres.
4 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$10000
USD
Major General
Get your name listed in the film credits + all the other perks listed above.
0 out of 3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
Perks
$5
USD
Corporal
Get access to exclusive, stunning stills that we've captured on our film shoots.
5 claimed
Get this perk
$20
USD
Sergeant
Receive a set of "Beneath the Helmet" dog tags and be among the first to receive the film as a digital download.
63 out of 300 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$100
USD
Lieutenant
All of the above + attend an online Q&A session with the filmmakers and one of the soldiers from the film.
10 out of 250 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$250
USD
Captain
Choose from several unique "Beneath the Helmet" movie posters signed by the soldier of your choice + get the dog tags mentioned above and a "Beneath the Helmet" DVD.
6 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Colonel
Receive all the aforementioned perks + an exclusive invitation to one of the movie launch premieres.
4 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$10000
USD
Major General
Get your name listed in the film credits + all the other perks listed above.
0 out of 3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
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