The Collaborator and his Family in The Frontline Club London

Posted on 12.16.11

A chronicle of family, assimilation and espionage that follows the El-Akels, a Palestinian family whose father, Ibrahim, has collaborated with the Israeli security services for 20 years.

Branded as traitors by Palestinians, the entire family fled to Israel to seek asylum as promised by Ibrahim's Israeli 'operator.' As two- and-a-half-years passes with no progress towards the citizenship promised them, tension builds within the family.

It is Ibrahim's wife Yusra and his three teenage sons and two daughters who bear the consequences of Ibrahim's decision, while struggling to find their place in Israeli society.

Co-directors Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz gain intimate access to the hardest moments the family face, observing the unravelling of family connections. An unfinching look at the experience of the people who risk their lives to collaborate with an enemy.

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