Flipping Out

Flipping Out

A Film by Yoav Shamir

DVD - 2007
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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.?
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : National Film Board of Canada, 2007
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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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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