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Synopsis: Ibrahim Yassin was born in a small village in Lebanon and was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps as a farmer and shepherd, but fate had something else in store. As the course of his life turns against him, death becomes his only wish. But just when it seems as if the story’s over, a new one begins that sounds like a work of suspense fiction, placing Yassin at the heart of some of the most daring, dangerous and secret operations Israel attempted in Lebanon in the 1980s and ’90s.
When once again the earth trembles beneath his feet, he is forced to start all over again. The film sketches an intimate portrait of a man who through tribulations, coincidence and choice became one of Israel’s leading spies.

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Sponsored by:
Susan and Jon Sweedler
Sue and Mark Levine
Suzanne and Robert Rubenstein

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Genre

Documentary

Language

Hebrew

Run Time

64 minutes

Subtitles

Hebrew & English

Directed by

Itamar Chen

Produced by

Yoav Roeh
Aurit Zamir

Director's Statement

Avraham Sinai’s story contains all the elements that could make it a big-budget American feature film. I too am drawn to the story because it’s larger than life, but unlike the American movie which would probably be packed with over-the-top action and glorification of the main character, what I find interesting is the man behind the incredible story. Who is he? What’s he made of? What is he up against? I want to understand the motives, the choices, the psychology of a man whose life story sounds totally unbelievable. The reasons I wouldn’t enjoy a feature film about Sinai are the very reasons why I think a documentary should be made about him.

Beyond the personal aspect of his character, Avraham Sinai’s story is closely linked with the events and key figures known to everyone with any awareness of the political and security situation in the Middle East. This is why I think his story constitutes a more powerful, broader statement about the crazy place known as the Middle East. A place where a story that sounds like a bad dream or an implausible screenplay for an action movie is in fact a perfectly real part of our reality.

Director's Bio

A documentary director, Born 1983.
His first film, “Teacher Irena”, was the opening film and won the prize for editing at the 2010 DocAviv Festival.
His second film, “Night shift”, won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Haifa film Festival .
The “Rabbi from Hezbollah” is his third film.

Country of Origin

Israel

Production Year

2019

Aspect Ratio

16:9

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