Letting the cameras into the operating room lends the documentary authenticity and integrity…
not something you often encounter on Prime Time Channel 2.
…and perhaps no less important is the accolades the filmmakers of “Ichilov” deserve for placing trust in their viewers; for choosing not to spoon-feed us the content or to assail us with bombastic statements, but to leave the task of gathering and deciphering to the intelligent viewers, so we can understand for ourselves how meaningful these people’s job is, how overwhelming and ungrateful.
Shatz and Barash don’t leverage the rare accesses granted to them to create tear-jerkers or peep shows. Among the many means at their disposal, they use a minimum of meaningless effects.
The medical staff doesn’t look as though they were taken out of a glossy brochure, granting authentic and emotional insight into the dilemmas that arise from their work.