DVD: Lebanon

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The Independent Culture

Samuel Moaz's remarkable directorial debut is based on his own experiences as an Israeli tank gunner.

It's a bone-shakingly intense, claustrophobic film, set entirely within the confines of a cramped, filthy tank during the first day of the Lebanon war in 1982. Its heroes are four nervous, 20-year-old conscripts, all realising that their training hasn't prepared them for the horrors that they're witnessing – and, even worse, the horrors they're being ordered to inflict.