The Green Prince

  • Directed by Nada Schirman
  • Germany/United States/United Kingdom/Israel, 2013, 99 mins.

“Such an extraordinary story that one is tempted to think it is fiction, if only somebody had the audacity to invent it. A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef 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, 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. Based on Yousef’s memoir Son of Hamas, The Green Prince is a story of two men, spy and handler, whom history insists must be adversaries. Embroidering a tangled web of intrigue, terror, and betrayal, Schirman builds superb tension throughout a surprisingly emotional journey.”—Sundance Film Festival, where the film won the Audience Award for World Documentary.

Genres: Documentary, Political