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Flipping Out


Director: Yoav Shamir

IMDB: Military service in Israel is compulsive for all able-bodied Jewish men and women. Once their years of service is up they are granted a bonus which many use to travel to India to wind down and recover from their experiences. About 90 per cent of them will use drugs during their travels and every year about two thousand of them will require professional help to recover from this drug use. The extreme psychotic break these people experience is commonly referred to as "flipping out".

BBC synopsis: Documentary looking at why so many young Israelis use their National Service discharge bonus to go backpacking in India, with a high proportion experimenting with drugs.

First broadcast: 15 May 2008

IMDB: 6.4
Rotten Tomates: 4%
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