Flipping Out

Flipping Out

DVD - 2009
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Military service is compulsory in Israel for all Jewish men and women. After their years of service, they are granted a discharge bonus, which many of them use to fly to India to recover from their experiences. Approximately 90 per cent will use drugs during their stay, and each year some two thousand of them will need professional help due to this drug use. The psychotic break with reality they experience is commonly referred to as "flipping out." Shot over a period of two years by award-winning documentary filmmaker Yoav Shamir, Flipping Out offers a close-up look at these former soldiers, most of them under the age of 25, as they follow this strange post-military odyssey. From the guest houses of northern India to the beach resorts of Goa in the south, the film reveals the pervasive culture of drugs and hedonism that leaves some of these young people battling for their sanity.
Publisher: Montreal : National Film Board of Canada, c2009
Branch Call Number: DVD 362.8609 FLI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 82 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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VahiniG May 18, 2012

In 2002, in my early 20s, I spent nearly six months in India. I travelled all over the place and I was amazed by the number of Isrealis that I encountered, especially in the mountain areas, like Himachal Pradesh. They were mostly young, drove motorcycles everywhere, did TONS of drugs and made themselves known where ever they were, partying all the while.
I was glad that someone made a documentary about this phenomenon, though I find this doc to be a little biased. It focuses mainly on the orthodox religious groups that help the misguided Jewish travellers. But maybe it had to be a lop-sided documentary... maybe there are very few resources for delusional Jewish individuals in India.
Worthy of a watch...

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