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GREEN PRINCE, THE

SYNOPSIS: A Palestinian in Ramallah, the son of senior Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, Mosab 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, in 1997 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.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
It's a riveting story, weaving together a story of two men's psychological and emotional journeys under the blanket of espionage. Starting as bitter enemies, Israeli secret agent Gonen and would-be Palestinian terrorist Mosab experience over a decade of life threatening co-operation across the most hateful divide in the world: Israel and the Palestinian West Bank.

Although the central story took place more than a dozen years ago, the sad fact is that the conflict in which it was born continues its deadly path today. The film could not be more relevant and dramatically apt.

Structured as a series of intercut 'confessionals' to camera, with a sprinkling of re-enactment and archival news footage, The Green Prince gives us profound insights into both the men and their evolving motives. The film needs no embellishments; it is fully decorated with the essence of the full complexity of the human condition.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

GREEN PRINCE, THE (M)
(Israel/UK/US/Germany, 2014)

CAST: Documentary featuring Mossab Hassan Yousef

PRODUCER: Nadav Schirman, John Battsek, Simon Chinn

DIRECTOR: Nadav Schirman

SCRIPT: Nadav Schirman

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Giora Bejach, Raz Degan, Hans Fromm, Hans Funck

EDITOR: Joelle Axis, Sanjeev Hathiramini

MUSIC: Max Richter

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Yoel Herzberg

RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Madman

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 4, 2014







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