Slightly, Seriously, Critically Injured

An Israeli family’s life is changed in a split second. On June 28, 2007, an IDF elite commando unit set out on a routine mission. Point squad commander, Lieutenant Itay Erenlib, sent the bomb detection dog out into the alley. After the dog returned without pointing out anything suspicious, Erenlib’s squad began to advance. A minute later, an earth-shattering noise rocked the alley. On the evacuation helicopter, Itay was declared seriously injured - wounded in the abdomen, his hand partially severed, as well as having lost a leg. In hospital his situation deteriorated and was declared “beyond critical”. From the early moments, when Itay’s life is hanging by a thread, and through the long and arduous road to recovery, Slightly, Seriously, Critically Injured reveals the world of a critically injured, 22 year old soldier at the most difficult moments, and, with rare intimacy, captures his family’s moments of worry, frustration and fear as they cling to hope and try to come to terms with what has happened. This is the moving story of a family suddenly and unexpectedly thrust onto a difficult journey into a new reality. It is a story about the indomitable spirit of a brave young man, and, more than anything, a story about parental love.

54 minutes

Shown at

  1. Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2011

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