Once their army service is behnid them, many Israelis flock overseas for a year or two. Out of 60 000 who travel each year, 30 000 go to India.
The operating theater is a documentary film on the initiation rites of an apprentice surgeon in the operating block at a university hospital. To witness the steps of this process is to discover a strange and foreign world in which we are transient guests. The operating block is a microcosm nestled in the heart of the hospital machine. There, surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical technologists, nurses and aids mend lives daily. Chronicles of death and human ingenuity, ambition and pettiness, generosity, fear and black humor are written here. The operating theater stages the vital substance of life.
When the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk tragically sank in August 2000, official accounts raised more questions than they answered. What caused the explosion that ruptured the sub's watertight hull? Why did rescue efforts take so long? And, perhaps most troubling, what about the American submarine that was reportedly in the same area of the Barents Sea?