Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

Rock the Casbah
(Rock Ba-Casba)


Year: 2012
Run Time: 93 minutes

Rock the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
Rock the Casbah

Set in the Gaza Strip in 1989, ROCK THE CASBAH follows a group of Israeli soldiers sent to keep watch over the Arabs in the Occupied Territories. Not long after arriving, one of them is killed by a local, who ends up escaping. Their mission becomes focused on avenging the death of their fallen comrade, Iliya. The situation is especially troublesome for Tomer (in an extraordinary performance by Yon Tumarkin), a young soldier who struggles with mixed feelings about the occupation. The others tease him for his playful interactions with the Arab children, whom they call “little terrorists.” But he finds it hard to maintain his kindness towards the locals. The people there are weary of the soldiers, and Tomer and his buddies become the target of their frustrations. While initially apprehensive about revenge, Tomer finds himself face-to-face with Iliya's gloating killer. Has war changed him? Will he pull the trigger? ROCK THE CASBAH jarringly profiles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the ground, capturing the chaos and frustrations on both sides of the line. (In Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian with subtitles) —E.F.

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Jewish and Israeli Visions

Yariv Horowitz

Yariv Horowitz is an Israeli filmmaker who is also known for his work in television and music videos. He majored in film and served in the Israel Defence Force, where he worked in the Educational Corps' film department. He was elected Chairman of the Directors Guild of Israel in 2012.


Michael Sharfshtein, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery

Guy Meirson, Yariv Horowitz

Amnon Zalait

Isaac Sehayek

Principal Cast
Yon Tumarkin, Yotam Ishay, Angel Bonanni, Roy Nik, Iftach Rave

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