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Happy You're Alive
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Centre
Boca Raton, FL
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Happy You're Alive
Happy You're Alive" captures the story of two people that never should have met at an event that never should have happened. It was April 9th 2002 before dawn in an alleyway in the West Bank in the middle of a deadly battle. Kobi and Naftali, two Israeli soldiers were among the survivors. Physically survivors. In the first three months of 2002 violence escalated heavily in the region. The suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in Natanya on the night of Passover prompted the Israeli government to announce Operation Defensive Shield on March 29, 2002 deploying the The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in a second wave of incursions to the West Bank in what was coined a large-scale counter-terrorist offensive. The IDF issued emergency call-up notices for 30,000 reserve soldiers, the largest call-up since the 1982 Lebanon War. Kobi and Naftali were among the participants summoned for the mission. Without any valid training they found themselves, overnight, at the heart of the Jenin refugee camp fighting for their lives. For nine deadly days and nights the unit struggled to stay on their feet in one of the most horrifying war zones imaginable. During the deadly battle 13 unit mates were killed and many more wounded. Two weeks later they were released home.Kobi, an inspiring musician returned to his wife and their daughter. This marked the beginning of an extremely difficult period in life a period of confusion and emotional chaos. Kobi was afraid to fall asleep at night, and had difficulties getting out of bed in the morning. He was enslaved by his demons. From his depression Kobi began writing music, little did he know that his impulsive works of self-expression would grow to become a Rock Opera. Naftali had yet to return to any normalcy or piece of mind. He could not keep a romantic relationship or a job and was constantly plagued by a severe, and painful case of post-traumatic syndrome (PTs). Meanwhile Kobi's War - a Rock Opera" opened in October 2007 at the prestigious Tzavta Theater in Tel Aviv. The show became an enormous success dealing with issues that no one dares to touch. At the end of every performance audience members with their own stories of trauma approach Kobi for help and support. As weeks go by, Kobi becomes a Mecca for strangers who suffer with PTS. Naftali hears about Kobi and the show and decides to attend. It was the first time they had seen each other since the blood bath in Jenin. With Kobi's support and influence, Naftali decides undergo for therapy with a PTSD expert psychiatrist.The therapy program is conducted by one of the leading specialists of traumatic intervention, Professor Mooli Lahad. His revolutionary method involves verbal therapy, as well as building a safe environment and using a visual treatment to overcome PSDT. For more than two years the film crew captured Kobi and Naftali's journey from the inferno to the battlefield back to the ocean of life. Their stories expose the traumatic effects of war, both on the individuals and on society, raising questions and bring awareness. This film captures the roughest waters of life and in doing so teaches that from the most unimaginable pain we can find strength. At the end Kobi decides to return to Jenin but this time clothed in a different perspective. The Film Happy You're Alive recounts the story of soldiers who return from the battlefield still fighting to stay alive.

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Mizner Park Cultural Arts Centre (View)
201 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
United States

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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