THE COLLABORATOR AND HIS FAMILY

About the Film

Ibrahim and one of his sons.

A Palestinian collaborator and his family are branded as traitors and forced to flee to Israel; but what happens when they get there? This film follows the El-Akel family over a two-and-a-half year period as they try to face their new fate.

Ibrahim El-Akel was a collaborator with the Israeli security services for over 20 years and was promised asylum by his Israeli ‘operator’. But tension builds and nerves fray as the family waits for citizenship and struggles to assimilate. Alienated and humiliated, Ibrahim's wife Yusra, and their five children bear the consequences of Ibrahim's decision as, cast out from Palestinian society, they strive to be accepted within Israel. Co-directors Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz gain an intimate view of the family’s toughest moments and witness the threads that bind this family start to unravel under strain. This unflinching documentary bravely tackles the experience of those who risk their lives to collaborate with the enemy.

Crew

Director/Producer

Adi Barash & Ruthie Shatz

Producer

Ross Kauffman

Composer

Uri Frost

Cinema

Adi Barash

Editor

Janus Belliskov Jansen

Title and Poster Design

NUNCLE GROUP

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