The Reason Why

Jerusalem Film Festival

Suleiman El-Abid was sentenced to 27 years in jail for the rape and murder of Hanit Kikos, based on his confession alone. A few days after reenacting the crime he retracted his confession and has been claiming innocence ever since. Did he receive a fair trial or did the justice systems incriminate him to whitewash their own failures?

Director: Julie Shles

Producer: Hilla Medalia


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Production Company: Medalia productions
Duration: 94 min.
Date of Release: 28.08.21
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Festivals & Awards

  • Jerusalem Film Festival 2021
    Diamond Competition for Israeli Documentary Films

Involved Broadcasters

yes Docu – DBS Satellite Service

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, The New Fund for Cinema and TV, The Israeli Lottery Council for Culture and Arts


Human Interest / Social Issues, Investigative, Social Issues