The Collaborator and His Family is a chronicle of family, assimilation and espionage that follows the El-Akels, a Palestinian family whose father, Ibrahim, has been a collaborator out of ...
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The Collaborator and His Family is a chronicle of family, assimilation and espionage that follows the El-Akels, a Palestinian family whose father, Ibrahim, has been a collaborator out of ideology with the Israeli security services for 20 years. Branded as traitors by Palestinians, the entire family fled to Israel seeking asylum as promised by Ibrahim's Israeli 'operator.' Over a two-and-a-half-year period, as each day passes with no progress towards citizenship, tension builds within the family. Alienated and humiliated, Ibrahim's wife Yusra, three teenage sons and two daughters bear the consequences of Ibrahim's decision while struggling to assimilate into Israeli society. Co-directors Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz gain intimate access to the hardest moments the family face, observing as each connecting thread between family members unravels. This unflinching documentary highlights the experience of the many who risk their lives to collaborate with an enemy. -Written by
Karina Rotenstein, Hot Docs
An interesting film but one that lacks any reference to or context of the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the ongoing dispossession of the indigenous Palestinian people. This is the "heavy" subject which is completely avoided but which is the root cause of this family's struggle. Why is this topic avoid? It's obvious to any honest observer. Because the Palestinian people are being expelled from their land as are all indigenous people who are subjected to colonization, And their resistance is called "terrorism." So we get "gushing" reviews here about these poor people for which we are made to feel sympathy but what do we have when the film is over? Nothing except our pity and best wishes. Is that what the film makers wanted? Probably. It's meaningless bunk.
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