When Israel’s security agency Shin Bet succeeded in recruiting Mosab, the son of Hamas founding member and religious leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a long process of trust building and cooperation began between the spy and his handler. Schirman’s talking heads documentary explores how the entrenched situation in the Middle East perverts allegiances. It won the Audience Award at Sundance for showing how we’re forced to construct truths – and must live with the results.
The Green Prince | Directed by Nadav Schirman (Germany, UK, USA, Israel 2014) documentary with Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak. Starts November 27.
Originally published in issue #133, December 2014.