A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grows up angry and ready to fight Israel. Arrested for smuggling guns at the age of 17, he's interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel's security service, and sent to prison. But shocked by Hamas's ruthless tactics in the prison and the organization's escalating campaign of suicide bombings outside, Mosab agrees to spy for Israel. For him, there is no greater shame. For his Shin Bet handler, Gonen, there is no greater prize: "operating" the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas.Written by
Sundance Film Festival
This is the story of the son of an influential Hamas zealot, turned into an Israeli informant from the age of 17, and his Israeli handler, a Shin Beth agent. Both are surrounded by brutality -- Hamas's ruthless violence, and Shin Beth's likewise ruthless violence -- the informant struggling with conflicts of loyalty and shame, but the handler conflicted too, for a genuine personal bond of trust, affection and loyalty had also emerged between the two of them. Despite the fact that the portrayal is scripted, it has the ring of sincerity and it gives a non-partisan sense of the tragic vendetta in which they are both engulfed.
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