Countdown to Death

Levi Zini & Arik Bernstein, Israel, 2010

Countdown to Death presents the chilling events of the 1994 kidnapping of a 19-year-old Israeli soldier by members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas. The group demanded the immediate release of their religious leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, as well as other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the life of the abducted soldier.

The abduction lasted six days until its inevitable tragic ending. Six intensive, hectic days that created painful human dramas: Between hostage and abductors, with families hanging between hope and despair. The drama of the decision-making that determines human life, a thrilling intelligence operation, and a tragic ending to an unsuccessful rescue operation. Countdown to Death is a documentary thriller, a detailed investigative film, where real lives are at stake and every event is true.

The film was broadcast on Channel 2, Israel.

Produced by: 

 Arik Bernstein


 Development and production support from the Makor Foundation for Israeli Films

 Production support from the Israeli Keshet TV

Countdown to Death / Levi Zini & Arik Bernstein
Countdown to Death / Levi Zini & Arik Bernstein