TO SEE IF I’M SMILING (Tamar Yarom, Israel). 59 minutes. Subtitled. Wednesday (April 23), 9:15 pm, Al Green; April 27, 1 pm, Bloor. Rating: NNNN
Female Israeli soldiers give frank testimony of how their stint in the army compromised their values and altered their personalities.
One is devastated after murdering a child. Another, a medic, can't recover from participating in an Abu Ghraib-style photo shoot with the dead body of a Palestinian. All of them begin their tour as caring women and wind up traumatized by their ability to commit acts of cruelty.
Here's proof that being a woman doesn't make you invulnerable to the perils of picking up a gun, and more evidence of the toxicity of Israel's military culture.