The Rabbi from Hezbollah


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.

Director: Itamar Chen

Producer: Yoav Roeh


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Production Company: Gum Films
Duration: 64 min.
Date of Release: 23/05/2019
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: 4K
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Festivals & Awards

  • Docaviv, 2019
    Israeli competition

  • The Delhi International Film Festival, 2020
    International competition

  • Pitigliani Festival, Italy, 2019
    Audience Award

  • Jewish Public Library, Montreal, 2020
    Audience Award

  • Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020
    Most Viewed Film

  • SERET Film Festival, London, 2020

  • Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

  • Philadelphia Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2020

  • Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

  • Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

  • JIFF, Australia, 2019

  • Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2019

  • Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2019

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