ANTHRAX | Presented by the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
After the death of their friend, five former IDF soldiers from the same squad realize they are suffering from mysterious illnesses they believe to be side effects of an anthrax vaccination experiment they underwent during their military service seven years before. While their doctors and military officials deny any connection between the experiment and their diagnoses, Noam (Udi Persi), Sheli (Dana Meinrath), Dani (Ziv Peleg), Avivi (Lior Hasson), and Shai (Amit Epstein) resolve to learn the truth. With their health quickly deteriorating and a massive cover-up on their hands, they don’t have much time to assure that those responsible for what happened to them are held accountable for their crimes.
With its “found footage” style cinematography, ANTHRAX is all the more frightening in that it’s based on true events. The case was first exposed to the public in Israel’s weekly investigative program, Uvda (“Fact”), the country’s own 60 Minutes.