This documentary looks at the punk rock scene in Israel, as well as views from within it on political and social issues.
Summary written by Liz Nord:
"Jericho's Echo introduces us to some of the colorful characters of the little-known Israeli punk scene, and gives us insights into their lives through interviews, verite' scenes, and live musical footage. The young people in these bands repre More..sent the future of this important region, and their views are not those usually portrayed by the mainstream media.
A topic that figures greatly in these young punks' lives is the decision of whether or not to fulfill their mandatory military service. One of the only ways to avoid service is to undergo evaluation by the Military Psychiatrist and be legally deemed psychotic. This is the route that many punks have decided to take. The implications of this decision are thoughtfully covered in the documentary, along with topics ranging from the Israeli Religious Right, to suicide bombings and the future of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Ultimately, Jericho's Echo displays a positive message by showing the perseverance of these relative outcasts to make their art and make changes in society despite the pressures to conform and the difficulties of living in a seemingly un-ending war zone."
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