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  Cutting The Pain  

Yonatan Nir and Tsafrir Gelman | 2011

52 Minutes | Translation: Hebrew, English

In March 2002 an IDF tank ran over an explosive device in Gaza. Matan Berman, the dog handler that accompanied the unit became shell-shocked following the event. Weeks later he started to complain of horrendous pain in his leg, not triggered by any physical injury. The film reveals the soul of a man who fights for his life and keeps coming up against inner demons that give him no peace.

Cut the Pain was purchased for broadcast by "Reshet" and was supported by the New Cinema Fund. It premiered at the Haifa International Film Festival and is also regularly screened at professional conferences on trauma for psychologists, social workers, judges, and doctors. In addition, the film is also shown in psychology departments at Tel Aviv University, Haifa, Bar-Ilan, and the Technion School of Medicine.

עלים פסטיבל חיפה

Official selection

Haifa film festival




Official selection

Israeli film festival

Los Angeles

עלים פסטיבל זגרב

Official selection

Zagreb film festival


"The life of Matan Barman can inspire us all"

- Mako

"An unbelievable story"

- Reshet

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