by Guy Davidi
Innocence poster
Product Availability
Home-Use, Community Screenings, Theatrical, Festivals
About the Film

Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director Guy Davidi (5 BROKEN CAMERAS) focuses on his country’s military industrial-cultural complex to reveal a searing and devastating story of war, propaganda, and a society that normalizes the corruption of childhood in the service of state violence. While exposing the workings of Israel’s recruitment and training machine, Davidi deftly stitches the fragments of a militarized culture into a scathing exposition and inevitable call to action.

INNOCENCE’s disquieting tapestry of home videos, diaries, intimate letters and poetry, as well as clandestine insider footage, probes volatile and difficult spaces marked by the deformation of childhood, indoctrination and the consequential loss of young lives at their own hands. The reflections of young Israeli conscripts grappling with the physical, emotional and moral punishment of training for hate, war and illegal occupation of Palestinian lands are shared by way of indelible diary entries, footage from training camps and private moments at home with family and school friends. These are the fragments of short-lived lives, and in Davidi’s hypnotic, caring and cautionary film they compel us to know the trauma and confront the carnage of state violence – both internal and external.

2022  ·  1h40m  ·  Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Israel
English, Hebrew
English subs
Festivals and Awards
Salt Spring Film Festival, Official Selection, BC premiere
Lunenburg Doc Fest, Official Selection
Festival de cinema ville de Quebec, Official Selection
Atlantic International Film Festival, Official Selection
Millenium Docs Against Gravity, Official Selection, Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Official Selection
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Official Selection
CPH:DOX, Official Selection
IDFA, Official Selection
Chicago International Film Festival, Official Selection
Best Mediterranean Film, Young Artists in Venice Award
Venice International Film Festival, Official Selection, Horizon Section
March 3, 2024
Salt Spring Film Festival (Salt Spring Island, Canada)
December 6, 2023
Cinema Politica Fredericton (Fredericton, Canada)
September 26, 2023
Lunenburg Doc Fest (Lunenburg, Canada)
September 21, 2023
Atlantic International Film Festival (Atlantic Coast Premiere) (Halifax, Canada)
September 15, 2023
Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec (Quebec Premiere) (Quebec City, Canada)
May 12, 2023
Millenium Docs Against Gravity (Warsaw, Poland)
May 4, 2023
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival (Toronto, Canada)
April 30, 2023
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival (Canadian Premiere) (Toronto, Canada)
September 5, 2022
Venice International Film Festival (World Premiere) (Venice, Italy)
Guy Davidi
Sigrid Dyekjær, Hilla Medalia
Danish Documentary, Medalia Productions
Guy Davidi
Guy Davidi, Avner Shahaf
Snorri Hallgrímsson
Sound Design
Heikki Kossi M.P.S.E

"A thoughtful, wide-ranging focus results in an eye-opening documentary that grows into a moving lament for the dead."

“documentarian Guy Davidi’s Innocence only starts there, providing a harrowing multimedia case against his country’s conscription and the pressure squeezing the Israeli children staring down its barrel.”

“incredibly moving and tenderly assembled documentary…”

“a quietly powerful film with important questions that, one hopes, will contribute to a much-needed reevaluation of compulsory enrollment in the armed forces.”

“an impassioned, partisan film, Innocence […] serves as a yet another reminder that, at this point its history, the country faces greater threats from within than from outside its borders.”

About the Director

Guy Davidi

Born in Jaffa, acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, has been making films since a young age. After evading the Israeli army Davidi started to make films focusing on highly charged political issues with a deeply emotional tone and an innovative approach. His most known film 5 Broken Cameras, co-directed with Palestinian Emad Burnat, was nominated to the Oscar in 2012 and won an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2013. The film has since been considered as an astounding achievement of the Palestinian-Israeli peace movement. His new film Innocence, based on 10 years of research, is an epic portrait of his own disturbed country.