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Date of Birth:
October 11, 1950
Amos Gitai is an Israeli film director. His father was an architect whose family name was previously Weinraub. Gitai was studying architecture himself when he was called up to serve in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. While serving in a helicopter rescue crew, Gitai shot 8 mm footage of the war. Gitai has claimed that this served as his entry into the world of filmmaking. On his birthday, Gitai's helicopter was shot down by a Syrian missile on the Golan Heights. This experience had a great effect on his life and forms the basis of his film Kippur, an autobiographical depiction of his war service.