Land of the Little People
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Festival in Media
Section: International Competition
Country: Israel 
Year: 2016


Land of the Little People

83 min, color

Director Yaniv Berman Screenplay Yaniv Berman Cinematography Rami Katzav Editing Oz Guttman, Ziv Karshen Music Gad Emile Zeitune Cast Maor Schwitzer, Ofer Hayun, Ben Sela, Amit Hechter, Ido Kestler, Mishel Pruzansky, Lior Rochman

Four young kids who live in a village of military officers families, form a small gang. An old abandoned army base, located in the surrounding wild fields, turns into their camp. Another war begins in Israel, and most men are drafted to serve their country. The mothers are sitting worried in front of the televisions and listen to the constant news reports, while the kids, with no one to supervise them, return to their camp in the wild. To their surprise, they discover two soldiers who deserted their units, using their camp as a hideout. The children try to regain control over their stolen territory, but the soldiers hold their grounds. Ruthless struggle develops between the groups, and the soldiers, who sought refuge from the war outside, find themselves in another war, which turns to be as dangerous and bloody.

Fresco Films
Royal Rat Productions
World sales:
Pluto Film


Yaniv Berman


Born in Haifa, Israel, Yaniv is a graduate student from the MFA program at the Film and Television Department, Tel-Aviv University. His short film EVEN KIDS STARTED SMALL, about school children taking over the school, was official selection of the CINÉ FONDATION, Cannes Film Festival in 2006. He filmed for six years a documentary about a military company of reserve soldiers in the IDF, which was made into the award winning documentary THE ALPHA DIARIES. LAND OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE is his first narrative feature film, which like his previous works deals with the traumatic process of becoming a child-soldier in a violent militaristic society.






2006 Even Kids Started Small (Short Narrative)

2007 The Alpha Diaries (Documentary)

2016 Land of the Little People (Narrative Feature)