It was summer recess in 1986, and we schoolchildren had been looking forward to the much-needed break. But as the days turned into weeks, boredom set in, and the oppressive heat, 40 degrees centigrade and 80% humidity, only served to compound our desperation. I was hanging out at home with my best friend, Assaf. Going outside would be unbearable, and even inside it wasn't much fun (that was before air-conditioning units became ubiquitous). That's when Assaf came up with the brilliant idea to escape to the local workers' cinema and theatre complex, for a matinee. It offered a very affordable ticket price, well within our pocket money budget, and we hoped the cool air conditioning would provide a pleasant respite from the heat.