“Sunset”: a Film that can Save Lives

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“Sunset”: a Film that can Save Lives

When a senior Israeli Air Force pilot told me that this film could save lives, I was floored. He said: “If my students at flight school understand this story, they will be changed. If army officers, navy commanders and combat soldiers recognize that a moment’s lapse in judgment can turn an unnecessary decision into a nightmare, they will not make such a decision.” Please join me as we embark on a journey with those involved in this IDF accident that occurred 27 years ago. We’ll take a journey back to when Fighter 669’s Gil Rosenthal lost his life in the depths of the sea.

The first time I saw Gil Rosenthal, he was no longer alive. I remember the tragic event like it was yesterday. Gil was a soldier in the elite search and rescue unit of the Israeli Air Force “669”. He died in a helicopter crash in 1992, just as the sun was setting on Rosh Hanikra. I was the lieutenant commander of the other patrol ship that came right after the crash to help search for Gil.

Fast forward to today, when I see Gil’s face again for the first time in years on Facebook. I reached out to his family and brought them a picture I had taken on that tragic evening. The one I took at sunset, while helicopters hovered above me, rescuers sliding down towards my ship and pulling up other soldiers from the water.

Pictured above is Gil’s mom with the photo I took. 

At a memorial service for Gil, I met Gil’s family again and they introduced me to Raz, the navigator that was flying the helicopter when the accident happened. I could feel the immense weight of the guilt and pain he carried over Gil’s death. He told me that he wished he could create a documentary about this story, to preserve Gil’s memory and to pass down the lessons that can be learned. He wanted to prevent such an accident from ever happening again. But the trauma was too much for him to create this film on his own. So I stepped up and decided to take the lead on the film. Now, I need your help to make this documentary a reality.


Pictured above is Raz – the helicopter’s navigator


Shoshana – Gil’s mom


My first meeting with Raz need Gil’s grave, together with his parents and brother Shay

The Mission

When I took on this documentary film project, I knew that it would be a challenging and emotionally difficult journey. But Gil’s story, and the story of the pilots and crew members, is a story that is of great importance to share. Not only to honor his memory, but also to teach new young soldiers about the price of a mistake. To make sure that they understand the circumstances that can lead to such an accident and the immense pain and suffering that can result from lack of awareness.

I also wanted to help Raz and the other crew members deal with the pain they continue to experience today. By creating this film, they will be able to face these difficult emotions, and in the end, find forgiveness in their hearts. There is no way to take away the pain completely, but throughout this process, I hope that they will find some peace.

I carry a camera since I was 6 years old…

The scene of the accident: Rosh Hanikra – Israeli border with Lebanon. you can see our patrol ship in the center

Why Support Us?

Your support will allow us to produce and screen the film across Israel and the States. We have already connected with the IDF to coordinate screenings of the film in army courses like the pilot academy, the navy academy, in basic training and even in high school, prior to joining the army.

This film will emphasize the huge responsibility each one of us has. It will teach our next generation to be smart and conscientious. It will inspire others to think of the consequences and make better decisions. Your support will help lower the risks and chances of more lives lost.

You will also play a role in transforming the lives of those who were a part of this terrible tragedy. When a life is lost, there are no words or actions that can console those affected by the loss. But there are ways to reduce the pain, shame and guilt that may come with it. I believe this documentary will be one of those ways.

About Me

Me, after receiving award from Israel’s president – 1993

With my best friends: Rotem, Gili and Roni

My name is Yuval Hollander. I am an Israeli author, film director and producer and a single father to three beautiful children. I served as a deputy commander of patrol ships in the Israeli navy, and have been the head of digital media at some of the largest international advertising agencies in Israel. I speak Hebrew, English, Spanish and Arabic. I am also a skipper and a drummer.

 

It’s been 27 years since the tragedy that struck Gil, his family, friends and everyone involved in the accident. They say that time heals all, but this sort of pain is not one that ever goes away fully. Instead we find ways to ease the pain and find moments of peace and clarity. Your support will bring about some relief to this heartache and a comfort in knowing we are creating a source of inspiration and awareness for all.

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“Sunset”: a Film that can Save Lives

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Yuval Hollander
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Yuval Hollander is an Israeli author, film director and producer and a single father to three beautiful children. Yuval served as a deputy commander of patrol ships in the israeli navy, and has been the head of digital media at some of the largest international advertising agencies in Israel. He speaks Hebrew, English, Spanish and Arabic. Yuval is a skipper and a drummer.

  • Helping hand
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    Thank you for choosing to lend a helping hand. We appreciate you, and consider you a friend of ours and all your Israeli brothers and sisters! You will receive a special thank you card from the director!

  • Secret Galilee notebook and the book
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    We so appreciate you! As a thank you, you will get our "secret Galilee notebook "- a notebook that the director Yuval has kept for years from the days he was a travel guide in the Galilee. This book includes places that are very little known in the Galilee, such as short hikes, local food places and more. You will also receive a pdf version of the amazon book "slowly melting" by Yuval Hollander - Slowly Melting: When the sun sets off the bomb. (The most momentous, sensitive, and dangerous military experiment in the history of the world is about to begin...)

  • The Most popular Israeli hummus recipe
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    As a special thank you, you will receive a link to watch a video recipe of how to make a professional Israeli hummus at home! Yuval was a hummus restaurant critic in TV and magazines and after tasting more than 300 different hummus places, bring you the recipe that will make your hummus meal perfect!

  • a Family link to watch or download the film + recipes
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    As a special thank you, you will receive a family link to watch or download the film, a recipe video on how to make a professional and super popular Israeli hummus, and a video recipe of Gil's mom Shoshana's Argentinian empanadas, Gil's favorite.

  • Tickets to the premier screening (in Israel)
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    As a thank you, you will receive 2 tickets to the premier screening of the movie in Israel with Gil's family, the helicopter crew, the patrol ship crew and the people who supported this film.

  • Watch the film and learn how to shoot the perfect interview
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    As a special thank you, you will receive a family link to watch the film, and a link to a pre-recorded online workshop with the director, after years of interviewing actors, presidents, generals and more, Yuval will teach you how to shoot the perfect interview.

  • 3 days in our Music studio in the Galilee
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    As a special thank you, you will receive 3 days stay in our rehearsal, recording and music studio in the Galilee along with a meeting with the director of the film. great for writers, singers, bands and authors.

  • 2 Nights stay in our large renovated Galilee house
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    You will receive a 2 nights stay in our large renovated Galilee house. You'll experience the most beautiful sunsets and outdoor recreation of Israel. You will also have a meeting with the director who can extend an in-person thank you to you and all you have done!

  • Recommended! Donate to a screening of the film to a military unit
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    Donate for the most important cause of this project - a screening of the film to a military unit in the IDF - Pilots academy, combat soldiers training, naval academy and more!

  • Enjoy a private screening of the film
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    You will receive a private screening of the film as well as a discussion with the director - at home or in your office.

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