Michael SHARFSHTEIN (Topia), Philippa KOWARSKY (Cinephil), Kent MARTIN (NFB)
After three years of mandatory military service many of the young Israelis discharged will use their discharge grant to fly to India. There, the majority of them will use drugs, and each year some 2,000 of them will need professional help due to drug use. The common name referring to this phenomenon is: "flipping-out". Shot over a period of 2 years, filmmaker Yoav Shamir (Checkpoints) follows the "flipping-out" route of Israeli travelers, most of them under the age of 25. The travelers as well as the array of characters filling different roles in dealing with the phenomenon are all part of this strange world that has become a must stop in the Israeli coming of age process. Together they portray a comic-tragic story of an entire society that has perhaps flipped out.