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Crime Time Show

  

Documentary Film - 50 minutes.

 

Hadas, 46, mother of two, lives in Kfar Sabba, is a little communication empire: she is connected to three beepers, to a mobile phones, to a scanner that listens to the police network, to a walkie-talkie which is connected to the radio station.  Her house looks like a communication center: microphones and tapes everywhere, open television monitors in each room.

From 1996 Hadas experienced more than 100 terrorist attacks.  She arrives at the arena, smells blood and death, steps on bodies.  She says it made her impatient to small talk.  She visits the families of the casualties and then the news becomes names faces and life.  A psychologist who treats traumas told her that she's in trauma every day and recommended she should talk about it all the time.

Hadas is responsible for covering the crime desk in the Sharon area.  Her "Crime Time Show", which is transmitted every day in 7:55 A.M. on IDF radio made her famous. In her program she reveals crime stories spiced with humor.  She sticks her nose boldly but with a feminine elegance into every "hole" in her empire.  She says she has a long nose and she doesn't want a plastic surgery.  She knows everything: She has covert and known contacts everywhere.  She joyfully tells a story about a woman in Natania whose underwear were disappearing from her laundry rope until she discovered, with the help of a video camera, that her neighbor made it a habit to steal her underwear from her rope.  She tells a story about a high-ranking police officer who had to deal with anonymous thieves who stole his daughter's bikes. Hadas talks every morning with about 25 police station officers. Sometimes she knows about crimes before the police does.  Sometimes she helps the police solve crimes, or negotiates between the police and criminals who want to extradite themselves. 

The film follows Hadas's vibrant activity: her wild day starts at 3:00 a.m. when she escorts a special police unit raiding cabdrivers suspected of selling drugs. She's the only correspondent in this operation and the policemen trust her and know that she will never harm their work.

After a short coffee break she prepares her daily radio transmission.  Right afterwards she goes to visit Mina Feinberg, Hod Hasharon senior citizen, 70, Holocaust survivor, who breeds parrots for sale.  Thieves steal her parrots regularly.  She's suspecting her neighbor, sleeps in her yard.  Hadas publishes the story and encourages the police to protect the parrot breeder. A policeman plants fake security video cameras to deter the thieves. From there Hadas hurries to the Arab town of Tibe to make a research for an article to the local newspaper "Sharon Times".  She interviews a Bedouin Sheikh who tells her about a member of his community, a soldier in the IDF, who was killed in a car accident and couldn't be brought to burial anywhere. Hadas solves the problem: she's calling the mayor and encourages him to find a proper plot for Bedouins burial.

The camera follows Hadas to her "office" in a coffee shop called "the middle-of-the-road" where she meets politicians, criminals, police officers, and "private eyes".  She tries to find out who will be the next chief of police.  We hear a radio interview with the chief of the police district in which he names Hadas "Barbie" and explains that on the radio she sounds aggressive but after you see her you know that she is a cute and sensitive "Barbie Doll".  He says jokingly that she knows things before him and some people claim that she is the one who determines who will be the next chief of police. 

In her hectic day Hadas finds the time to take care of her family.  We see her in the supermarket, cleaning her house, making laundry.  In the evening she's preparing an article for the local newspaper about prostitution. Hadas is standing in the crossroad of Raanana dressed like a prostitute in order to investigate how the police treats prostitutes.

Hadas knows well the difference between a criminal and an ordinary citizen and that's why she's not judging anyone.  Lately she herself was blamed in conveying a secret telephone number of high-ranking police officers to another journalist, Yariv Ben Yehuda. Court found her guilty and her punishment is to do 100 hours of community service.

Hadas tells the camera that some of her best friends are top criminals. They like her as if she was their sister. They trust her and tell her many "professional" secrets.  After an interview in the television prisoners call her to comment.  When something happens inside the walls of the prison Hadas is their address outside.

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