It is the story of a family torn apart by espionage. In this cinema veritռ film we follow the El-Akels, a Palestinian family whose father, Ibrahim, has been a collaborator for Israel for the past twenty years. Labeled a traitor by Palestinians, Ibrahim’s three sons; Mahmoud (12), Suffian (16), and Muhammad (17), along with their mother, Yusra, pay the heaviest price for the father’s covert actions and carry with them, not by their choice, a scarlet letter. The film chronicles the El-Akel family in their attempts to cope and assimilate into Israeli society and keep their family together, while suffering the humiliation and fate of outcasts in a country not their own.
Special Jury Prize, Research Prize | DocAviv FF, Israël, 2011
CAST & CREW
Ross Kauffman, Ruthie Shatz, Adi Barash
Ruthie Shatz, Adi Barash
Director of Photography
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Yulari Films, Fig Films, Red Light Films, ITVS, Arte France, yes docu TVOntario
She studied film at the JFC and graduated in 1998.
Diamonds and Rust (2001), Masks (2003), Garden (2004), Yuri Foreman (2009), The Collaborator and His Family (2011)
He studied film at Camera Obscura Film and Art School, Tel-Aviv, Israel and graduated with honours in 1998.
Diamonds and Rust (2001), Garden (2004), Yuri Foreman (2009), The Collaborator and His Family (2011)