Rafi’s journal and wallet were with him during the 8 days he was in the field, and throughout the film they symbolize his presence there.
The film's title is based on the Brigade Commander's words to Rafi, over the radio, during the battle. Somehow, this unmistakable command that was given to Rafi – to turn north in order to pull the troops after him – does not serve as a lead for planning his search.
The underlying significance of the light cast on the set of the main plot, becomes clear towards the end of the film. The light is in the shape of the Syrian post 8173, from which Rafi was wounded and near which he remained during the long days in the field.
The search journal: the lists and sketches by Emmanuel Yalan (Rafi’s uncle), chronicle the family and friends’ intensive search for Rafi, from the moment they find out he is missing.
The document that reports the search and the lack of search for Rafi, was written by his colleague David Karmeli. It was David Karmeli, a civilian, not an army man, who headed the search effort, which led to Rafi's whereabouts.
When Rafi stayed with his family in the USA in the early 60s, he bought an 8mm camera, a splicer to edit the films and a tape recorder. Materials that Rafi himself shot and recorded, as well as the devices he used, appear in the film.
Rafi often filmed water. The quiet lakes, the flowing rivers and the raging waterfalls that he captured, are used in the film to convey the development of the battle and the entanglement therein.