People of the Film

Posted on 04.15.12

... And for more bad news from the Middle East, The Collaborator and His Family, an 85-minute Israeli documentary by Adi Barash and Ruth Shatz, illuminates another musty corner of the occupation, with its story of a Palestinian who forged a career informing for Israel, then fled his native Hebron before his compatriots killed him, as they did his brother. In this award-winning film (DocAviv Documentary Film Festival), Ibrahim El-Akels, the collaborator, lives in a slum in south Tel Aviv — where prostitutes, drug addicts and foreign workers coexist in squalor — with his wife, Yusra, and five children. They are all in Israel illegally, waiting for residency papers from Ibrahim’s Israeli “operator.” The teenage sons run wild in the streets. ...

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