The Film


Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front is a coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be.
From the creators of the PBS-featured documentary film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, Beneath the Helmet illustrates how these young men and women are defending not only their homes, but also the values of peace, equality, opportunity, democracy, religious tolerance and women’s rights. The lessons they learn along the way are lessons that can be appreciated, understood and internalized by the film’s main target audience.


Music Scoring & Production

Miri Ben-Ari

Composer/Performer: Original Themes

Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-winning violinist/producer/humanitarian, UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music to the United Nations Associations Brazil and Global Brand Ambassador for Harman Kardon. Originally from Israel, she has created her own unique sound – a revolutionary fusion of classical soul and dance music. She has helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy Award winning artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keyes, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson and Armin van Buren.

Ben-Ari has been the face of many promotional campaigns, including: Reebok, Vodafone, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Harman Kardon. She has performed for US President Barack Obama, Israel President Shimon Peres and was honored by First Lady MichelIe Obama as a Remarkable Woman. She supports different charitable organizations including the Jewish Federation and is co-founder and CEO of Gedenk. For more information about Miri Ben-Ari visit:



Raphael Shore

Producer/Executive Producer

Raphael Shore is an accomplished filmmaker and the Founder and CEO of Jerusalem U, a cutting-edge, film-based nonprofit organization created to transform Jewish and Israel education. Shore produced the 2010 documentary Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus and the award-winning PBS film, Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. Shore is also Founder and CEO of The Clarion Project.

Wayne Kopping


Kopping has directed and edited a number of award-winning films including the PBS documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. Wayne’s work has been featured on CNN Headline News, Fox News, New York Times and countless other publications and blogs.

Rebecca Shore


Shore was a writer on the widely-viewed documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. This popular film was screened on PBS across the United States. She is an artist, educator and lecturer.

Baruch Goldberg


Goldberg was a writer on the acclaimed documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. Goldberg received his B.F.A. in Playwriting and Theatre Studies from The Theatre School at DePaul University and spent several years working in Chicago theatre.

Oren Rosenfeld


Oren Rosenfeld is an award-winning filmmaker, director and producer, specializing in documentaries. He has made films for the BBC, National Geographic and many others. His latest documentary, Hummus! The Movie, has been a major success in dozens of film festivals around the globe.

Aviv Vana

Director of Photography/Cinematography

Born in Tel-Aviv and raised in San Diego, Aviv made his way from music production to the world of Cinematography and teaching. For over 10 years now Aviv has filmed feature documentaries, commercials and short films. He currently hosts the largest cinematography event in the world, the Big League CineSummit.

Sasha Gorev

Additional Cinematography

Sasha Gorev is an accomplished director of photography working in Israel, Moscow, and the US. With a foundation in still photography and studio photography, Sasha brings his unique talents in lighting and composition to every project. Whether working in narrative or documentary, Sasha always pushes himself to capture powerful, inspiring images.