Yoav Shamir
Israel | 2013 | 92 min
World premiere
Languages : English, Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles : English, French

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


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