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The Disappeared

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The Disappeared follows the story of an action-feature film produced by the Israeli Army in 2000 and then censored just a few weeks before its release. Titled Hane’elam (The Disappeared) in Hebrew, the original film was intended to address a contentious subject in Israeli society and one of the military’s absolute taboos – the rising number of soldier suicides. The ambitious production was of a scope rarely seen in the local film industry at the time and included hundreds of soldier-extras, an entire armored brigade, military helicopters, and special operations personnel. With a lavish budget and a cast of leading Israeli actors, shooting commenced in multiple locations around the country, among them also a top-secret missile base. Soon after editing began and preparations for its commercial, nation-wide distribution were underway, The Disappeared disappeared.
Today the film in and of itself is only available via the recollections of the individuals who took part in its creation, revealing the elusive history of a forbidden image. The Disappeared conjures up the story of a film that was denied the right of appearance and left to languish in the limbo of censorship.

Adam Kaplan
Gilad Baram

Germany / Israel 2018


Documentary form
46’ · Colour

World premiere


Written and Directed by
Adam Kaplan, Gilad Baram
Eldad Lidor
Sound Design
Sebastian Morsch
Harald Ansorge
Adam Kaplan, Gilad Baram


Adam Kaplan

Adam Kaplan, born in 1987 in Jerusalem, Israel, is an artist based in Berlin. In his practice he explores the boundaries between memory, nostalgia, and the contemporary moment. He has presented his works and texts at various exhibitions and conferences.


2009 Conversations with The Mother; 12 min. 2015 Last Person Shooter; 13 min., with Boaz Levin 2016 Buildups; 6 min. 2018 The Disappeared

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Gilad Baram

Gilad Baram, born in 1981 in Israel, is a photographer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker based between Berlin and Jerusalem. His work, focusing primarily on lens-based images in the era of Internet and big data, has been exhibited in various art institutions worldwide. His work has been exhibited in various art institutions worldwide. After his award-winning directorial debut Koudelka Shooting Holy Land (2015) this is his second film.


2015 Koudelka Shooting Holy Land; 72 min. 2018 The Disappeared

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Adam Kaplan

Gilad Baram/Nowhere Films