Section: Night Horizons

Land of the Little People (2016) 18

Israel, Palestine | 2016 | 83 min.

Four young kids who live in a village of military officers’ families form a small gang. An old abandoned army base located in the surrounding wild fields is their camp. Another war begins in Israel and most men are drafted to serve their country. Mothers sit worried in front of televisions and listen to the constant news reports, while the kids, with no one to supervise them, return to their camp in the wild. To their surprise, they discover two soldiers who deserted their units, using their camp as a hideout. A ruthless struggle develops between the groups, and the soldiers who sought refuge from the war outside find themselves in another war, which turns to be as dangerous and bloody.

CountryIsrael, Palestine
Duration83 min
SubtitleEnglish, Czech
Directed by Yaniv Berman
Screenplay Yaniv Berman
Director of Photography Rami Katzav
Music Gad Emile Zeitune
Edited by Oz Guttman
Contact Pluto Film


A screenwriter, director and producer from Israel, he graduated in film and television at Tel Aviv University. He got attention for his short film Even Kids Started Small (Gam Yeladim hethilu ktanim, 2006) and was awarded for the documentary The Alpha Diaries (Shalom Pluga Aleph, 2007). His feature debut is the drama Land of the Little People (Medinat Hagamadim, 2016).

Action + Adventure, Controversial, Friendship, Teamwork, War, Crime, Politics, Violence