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A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.8/10 (1,098 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Iyad Hoorani

Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he's either a freedom fighter or a terrorist -- you decide -- ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game-is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side?

Essam Abu Aabed - Omar's Boss
Foad Abed-Eihadi - Soldier
Adel Abu-Lasheen - Agent in Market Chase
Baher Agbariya - Prison Guard #1
Mousa Habiib Allah - Seqing Shoop Manager
Wafaa Aon - Omar's Mother
Em Ahmad Assad - Woman in House in Chase
Jehad Abu Assal - Omar's Father
Najwa Atamnah - Amjad Sister #1
Mousa Awad - Tarek Guard #3
Rohl Ayadi - Hussam
Pauline Bahoth - Nadia's Friend
Adam Bakri - Omar
Samer Bisharat - Amjad
Majd Bitar - Tarek's Friend

Country: Palestine

Language: Arabic, Hebrew

Release Date: 16 October 2013

Filming Locations: Nazareth, Israel

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

In places like the West Bank truth is the first casualty. This fictional tale takes real life tensions and offers very believable characters to make that point.

The 3 friends (Omar, Tarek & Amjad) plus the sister Nadia are constantly kept off balance by the political tensions that come from living in Palestine.

The director manages to add just enough warmth and naturalness to the various story loops to keep us on side with the lead characters.

The Israeli lead protagonist (Rami) has clearly read Machievelli's the Prince. He uses half truth, insinuation and educated guesses to rattle Omar and his friends.

Just when you think you know what is going to happen it all changes. This is a great movie. I saw it at a film festival but I hope it goes on to wider release.


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