Bonjour Les Enfants is the story of a group of young people, age between 17 and 20, who are about to leave home for the military service in Israel. The idea of the documentary was born from an exchange of letters with some of these boys and girls, youngsters whom we met through some friends in Tel Aviv. The interviews, which make up the film, are in Hebrew in order to maintain the authenticity of the context. Moving from the decision to leave for the military service or not, the documentary takes us through the daily life of this young generation, through their political vision of the world and their struggles in this very crucial moment in their lives. We witness the passage from adolescence to adulthood in a land torn by conflict. With Bonjour Les Enfants the lives of these young boys and girls have been given a voice and a context often denied by our media where there is no time to understand what lies behind war and violence and where a germ of peace could grow.
The title we chose for this documentary is a tribute to Louis Malle’s masterpiece “Aurevoir Les Enfants”. We meet Israeli boys and girls who potentially could be the grandchildren of the generation portrayed in Malle’s film. We discuss with them what it means to live in a land free from the nightmare of anti-Semitism and where there is a life beyond the occupation, unfortunately the sole element of today’s Israel portrayed by our media.
Aurevoir to Louis Malle’s children, bonjour to Tel Aviv’s.