HASHISH YOUTH
Israel T.V.
Producer/Director/Writer: Mira Hamermesh
 
 

The subject of the film is a month in the life of a group of boys in a depressed neighbourhood of Tel Aviv who, through a variety of misdemeanours, end up first with a police record, and eventually with prison sentences.

It explores the process by which, from stealing an apple or some other trivial juvenile delinquency, some of them turn into rapists, and in once case, even into a murderer. They become fully fledged criminals.

 
 
 

During the time of the research, I and the crew participated in their rituals of drug-taking and other forms of self-amusement taking place late into the night on the beaches of Tel Aviv. The social worker who was the go-between was one of those optimistic and devoted men who believed in the redemption of their crooked lives through a variety of activities.

While filming in the prison, we were tipped off that the director of the prison had laid on a special show for the day of filming. Needless to say, we pretended to film the places that he chose to advertise the perfection of his institution, and managed clandestinely to obtain the footage we required to represent the true conditions of life within the prison.

 

 
1969
60 Mins
16mm