Yoav Shamir
Israel, 92 min
World premiere

What makes a hero? What type of individual maintains the integrity to fight for what is just under any circumstances? What compels someone to jump into a river, risking his own life to save a stranger? Why, during World War II, did some Germans put themselves at risk in order to save Jews? 10% attempts to penetrate and understand the very makeup of the human soul.

1936. In a German shipyard a worker refuses to perform the Nazi salute at the launch of a vessel. The picture became an iconic image of integrity and heroism and serves as the starting point of the film. The director asks himself: “what makes a hero?”, also implying “I want to become one”. In the attempt to give an answer to that question, we leave for a worldwide tour: New York, Congo, Slovenia, South Africa, Israel and Palestine. We look for a hypothetical hero pattern which could be learned and transmitted; also for the possibility, for the director, to prove his own heroism. We meet many people along the way: certified heroes, genetics scientists, prophets of selfishness, epic rebels, alien worshippers… and we are reminded that, according to scientific experiments, only an average of 10% of people would maintain a moral integrity under any circumstances. Finally, is the director (are we?) part of that 10%? Is it even possible to answer that question? With a subtle combination of solid narrative style, self-irony and serious documentary research, the journey shapes into an unconventional exploration of human nature.

Paolo Moretti


92 min
International Feature Film Competition
World premiere
English, Hebrew, Arabic
English, French
Yoav Shamir
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