The Collaborator and his Family / Rechokim

THE COLLABORATOR AND HIS FAMILY is a chronicle of family, assimilation and espionage that follows the El-Akels, a Palestinian family whose father, Ibrahim, has been a collaborator out of ideology with the Israeli security services for 20 years. Branded as traitors by Palestinians, the entire family fled to Israel seeking asylum as promised by Ibrahim’s Israeli ‚operator.‘ Over a two-and-a-half-year period, as each day passes with no progress towards citizenship, tension builds within the family. Alienated and humiliated, Ibrahim’s wife Yusra, three teenage sons and two daughters bear the consequences of Ibrahim’s decision while struggling to assimilate into Israeli society. Co-directors Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz gain intimate access to the hardest moments the family face, observing as each connecting thread between family members unravels. This unflinching documentary highlights the experience of the many who risk their lives to collaborate with an enemy.


Country of Production
USA / Israel / France

Year of Production

Beta SP Pal, Digi Beta Pal

57 / 84 min

Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash

Yulari Films and Fig Films in co-production with Red Light Films, ITVS, Arte France, yes docu and TVOntario

Original Language
Hebrew, Arabic

English, French, Russian, German

Festivals / Awards

Visions du Réel Nyon 2011
Hot Docs Toronto 2011
DocAviv 2011 (Special Jury Prize and Research Prize)
Golden Apricot IFF Yerewan 2011
DMZ Docs IDF 2011
ANTENNA Sydney IDF 2011
Yamagata IDF 2011 (The Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize [The Grand Prize])
DocLisboa 2011 (Honorable Mention in Investigations Competition)
Viennale 2011
UK Jewish FF London 2011
Verzio HRFF Budapest 2011
DocsBarcelona 2012
Salem FF 2012
African, Asian & Latin American FF Milano 2012
DOK.FEST Munich 2012
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2012