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New Rochelle Native Behind New Film, 'Beneath The Helmet'

Filmmaker Rebecca Shore grew up in New Rochelle.
Filmmaker Rebecca Shore grew up in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Submitted
"Beneath the Helmet" is a documentary about life in the Israeli Army.
"Beneath the Helmet" is a documentary about life in the Israeli Army. Photo Credit: Submitted
"Beneath the Helmet" is a documentary about life in the Israeli Army.
"Beneath the Helmet" is a documentary about life in the Israeli Army. Photo Credit: Submitted

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- If the name Rebecca Shore sounds familiar, it could be because you've seen her artwork at Inspiration Gallery , the Judiaca gift store on North Avenue in New Rochelle.

Or maybe you've seen her name on the credits of the newly released film, "Beneath the Helmet," a documentary about life in the Israeli Army.

The artist, educator and lecturer, now living in Israel, said she never imagined she'd be in the trenches walking nine kilometers backwards to film a scene in the hot sun, but that making this documentary was a labor of love -- and a story that needs to be told.

"It's not just for Jewish audiences," said the New Rochelle native and mother of nine. "But for everyone, especially young people -- no one in this film is over 30."

The film follows five high school graduates as they go through nine months of extensive training and hones in on them as they experience some of the greatest changes of their lives.

"We really wanted to capture the beginning of the process," she said. "What's great about a documentary is that you never know how it will unfold."

The idea came about after seeing what her son was experiencing as he entered the army. That led her and her husband, Raphael Shore, founder of Jerusalem U , a film-based nonprofit, to look into creating a movie.

The filmmakers got unprecedented access into the lives of these young people, which allowed them to create an intimate documentary that brings to the screen rarely seen human faces to the men and women who are the soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Shore said she hopes audiences will walk away from the film with a different point of view about the Israeli Army. "People should be inspired. This is a coming of age story that anyone can relate to."

"Beneath the Helmet" is showing April 14 at 4:45 p.m. at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.

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