When the Smoke Clears shares the powerful accounts of young Israeli soldiers who experience the unthinkable in battle and must contend with life-altering scars. Returning to society, they realize that their experiences and trauma disconnect them from all they once valued, turning their lives upside down.
When all seems lost, one young veteran gives them the hope, courage, tools and community to survive, and to embrace their identities as heroes both on and off the battlefield. Banding together in a family of wounded soldiers, they learn they don’t have to face their obstacles alone, and that in conquering their pain, they might have more to offer than ever before.
This film brings up some of the most complex elements of our relationship with Israel. We experience the pain and hope through each of the film’s characters. We see the sacrifices first hand. These stories are critical to share with the world. Your contribution to this film project will enable us to share these stories with hundreds of thousands of people.
Plans for distribution include:
High School Global Screening for 5,000 students around the world
Custom online screening for college students
Screenings in communities across the globe
Major events on three campuses in the United States
Broad distribution: Netflix, Amazon, HULU and iTunes
Jerusalem U’s award-winning feature films engage, educate and empower young Jews to find themselves in the story of Judaism, the Jewish people, and Israel. Our documentaries and video classes, together with our uniquely formulated educational experiences provide a platform to connect to the fundamental values, identity, and goals of students and teachers alike.
Pamela & Aba Claman
Raphael Shore, Jerusalem U Founder and CEO, is a rabbi, educator and film producer. He produced the 2016 mini-documentary about an Israeli-Ethiopian soldier, Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew, and its 2015 predecessor, Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front , an inspiring coming-of-age film about five Israeli soldiers. Another of his productions is the powerful Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus, which explores the proliferation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments on North American college campuses. In 2012 he launched the PBS-featured, film, Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, about contemporary Israel and its global contributions. All his films serve as pillars of Jerusalem U’s Israel and Jewish curricula
Dina Rabhan is the President of Jerusalem U. Formerly, Dina worked as an educational consultant supporting more than 200 Jewish Day Schools across the globe in North America, Australia, Russia, UK, and South America. As the Associate Executive Director of the YU School Partnership, Dina led the strategy and business development, strategic partnerships, and fundraising and development initiatives. She holds an LMSW from Rutgers University and after completing all of her coursework, she is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Education.