Author David Grossman Captures His Son’s Life and Death in Animated Short Film (VIDEO)
Israeli Author David Grossman, has made an animated short film with accompanying narration to memorialize his son, Uri Grossman, who was killed in combat during the Second Lebanon War.
The film follows Uri’s life from the time he was in kindergarten until his IDF service at army checkpoints. It begins with young Uri and Grossman calling his son a cowboy.
“Not just any cowboy, but a meticulous one,” narrates Grossman. “Every morning, he would come to the Fig Kindergarten in Mevaseret Zion equipped with all the items a beginner cowboy needs.”
But, his father says, Uri’s dream to become a cowboy did not last long. Soon it was replaced with the dream of becoming a pilot. Unfortunately, “this [dream] also failed when he was diagnosed with a vision impairment.” The film them segues to a narration by Grossman about his son’s first eyeglasses.
The narration also delves into Uri’s character. It says he was “so graceful and funny and gallant.”
“Uri’s military service was difficult,” his father continues. It included difficult shifts at checkpoints. “Uri was a man of peace,” says Grossman, and during his service at checkpoints, Uri “sought a way to behave humanely, even as part of his duty” in the West Bank.
His father says that Uri would always first check vehicles for small children. “Then, he would try to make the child laugh, to ease and calm.”
The short film ends on an emotional note, describing how Uri was killed in Lebanon while serving his country. His death occurred on August 12, 2006, in the final hours of the war, during a rescue operation in Khirbet Ksif. Hezbollah terrorists fired on his tank, killing all the soldiers inside.
Watch the film by David Grossman about his son Uri below: