by Noam Kaplan

Israel, France


Manpower is the story of four men in crisis. By chance, or possibly not, the four men live in the same neighborhood, which teeming with foreign workers, is an identity crisis in itself.
The story pivots round immigration police officer MEIR, who returns from a tour of decorated policemen to Buchenwald concentration camp. The “Leave at will” operation that his unit performs, involves a brutal deportation of African labor immigrants. Meir’s chief commander defines their mission to send the foreigners back home as “the new Zionism”. Stuck in a financial dead end, and under emotional pressure, Meir daily confronts his own values as a human being.


World premier (Oct. 2014) : Haifa international FF – FEDEORA federation of film critics of Europe and the Mediterranean competition – Special mention
International premier (Jan, 2015): Palm Springs international FF – in competition.


Technical and artistic details

Length 88′
Language – Hebrew, Igbo (Nigerian), English
Location – Israel

Director of Photography – Iddo Soskolne
Editor – Effi Cohen Vertes
Producers – Yoav Roeh, Aurit Zamir – Gum Films (Israel)
Co-producer – Janja Kralj – KinoElektron (France)


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