The Green Prince
THE HARROWING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE SON OF A PALESTINIAN HAMAS LEADER WHO WAS RECRUITED AS A SPY FOR ISRAEL, AND THE ISRAELI AGENT WHO RISKED IT ALL TO PROTECT HIM
“Gripping…sustains the tension of a well-executed thriller.” – Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Intense and fascinating…takes unforeseen turns even the best of novelists would have trouble imagining.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
FOUR STARS! “Terrific. As gripping as any high-concept Hollywood thriller.” – Xan Brooks, THE GUARDIAN
“A thrill-a-minute spy caper too strange to be real, though it is.” –Jordan Hoffman, NY DAILY NEWS
The gripping portrait of THE GREEN PRINCE recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Israeli agent who risked his life and career to protect him. Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East and served up in the style of a spy thriller by writer/director Nadav Schirman, THE GREEN PRINCE is a unique chronicle on the dangerous and unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies.
Growing up in Palestine as the son of a founder and leader of the Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef’s fervor against Israel was unquestionable, ultimately landing him in an Israeli prison. As the gruesome brutality heightened within the prison’s walls, Mosab had an unexpected change of heart and began to see Hamas as more of a problem than a solution. Recruited by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security agency) and given the code name “Green Prince,” Mosab spied on the Hamas elite for more than a decade from 1997 to 2007, risking exposure and certain death while grappling with the perception that he had betrayed his own family and people. Along the way, what started as a cautious alliance between Mosab and his Shin Bet handler Gonen Ben Yitzhak grew into an enduring loyalty that no one could’ve ever predicted.
Through exclusive first-hand testimony, dramatic action sequences and rare archival footage, decades of secrets come to light in THE GREEN PRINCE, unveiling a world of terror, betrayal, and impossible choices.
Produced by the Academy Award-winning team behind such leading documentaries as Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man and One Day in September, THE GREEN PRINCE is based on Mosab Hassan Yousef’s 2010 bestselling memoir Son of Hamas. Accordingly, the film was shot in fascinating international locations such as Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Kfar Kassem, Munich, Frankfurt and Los Angeles, further enhancing its undeniably Hollywood-styled thriller texture.
An official selection at the London, São Paulo, Zurich, Stockholm and New Zealand Film Festivals, THE GREEN PRINCE won the Audience Award for Best Documentary, World Cinema at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. THE GREEN PRINCE also bought home the Audience Award prize at the 2014 Moscow International Film Festival, as well as the prize for Best Editing at the 2014 Docaviv Awards in Israel.
An unflinching exploration of espionage, spiritual transformation and the transcendent bonds of friendship through the prism of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, THE GREEN PRINCE demands to be seen.