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The Green Prince

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Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman’s THE GREEN PRINCE retraces the details of a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him. As a defiant teenager growing up in Palestine, Mosab Hassan Yousef’s fervor against Israel was unquestionable, ultimately landing him in prison. Shaken by Hamas’s brutality within the prison’s walls and a growing disgust for their methods, particularly suicide bombing, he 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,” he spied on the Hamas elite for over a decade, constantly 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. Based on Mosab Hassan Yousef’s bestselling memoir Son of Hamas, THE GREEN PRINCE exposes a complex world of terror, betrayal, and impossible choices. Through exclusive first-hand testimony, dramatic action sequences, and rare archival footage, decades of secrets come to light in this unflinching exploration of a profound spiritual transformation and the transcendent bonds of friendship. THE GREEN PRINCE will challenge much of what you know about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From the Academy Award® Winning Producers of MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“Intense and fascinating...takes unforeseen turns even the best of novelists would have trouble imagining.”

Kenneth Turan

Los Angeles Times

“Gripping...sustains the tension of a well-executed thriller.”

Stephen Holden

The New York Times

FOUR STARS! “Terrific. As gripping as any high-concept Hollywood thriller.”

Xan Brooks

The Guardian

“Captivating and emotional. Full of twists and turns."

Anthony Kaufman

Screen International

“Like a fusion of Omar and The Gatekeepers...strikes an emotional chord well beyond the world of covert operations.”

Nicolas Rapold

Film Comment

“A thriller-like documentary. Full of incredible twists. Emotional.”

Boyd van Hoeij

The Hollywood Reporter

“A crowd-pleaser. Beautifully humanistic. Extraordinarily satisfying.”

Anthony Kaufman


Producers Guild Awards 2015 - Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures Nominee

Winner! Sundance Film Festival 2014 Audience Award - Best Documentary, World Cinema

Winner! Moscow International Film Festival 2014 - Audience Award

Winner! Docaviv Awards 2014 - Best Editing

Cast & Crew
  • Himself : Mosab Hassan Yousef
  • Himself : Gonen Ben Yitzhak
  • Director : Nadav Schirman
  • Writer : Nadav Schirman
  • Producers : Nadav Schirman, John Battsek, Simon Chinn
  • Co-producers : Omri Uzrad, Britta Meyermann
  • Executive Producers : Thomas Weymar, Sheryl Crown, Maggie Monteith
  • Editors : Joelle Alexis, Sanjeev Hathirmann
  • Cinematography : Hans Fromm (bvk), Giora Bejach, Raz Dagan
  • Visual Effects : Kiril Rosenfled
  • Orginial Music : Max Richter
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2014
  • Release Date : September 12, 2014
  • Countries of Production : Germany, UK, Israel
  • Languages : Hebrew, English
  • Running Time : 101 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.78:1
  • Sound : Dolby
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : PG-13 For Thematic Material and Some Disturbing Images
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Documentary Television Special hosted by Ondi Timoner featuring The Green Prince and director Nadav Schirman

“Son of Hamas” TV interview with Mosab

Exclusive Archive and Interveiw Extracts

Full Color Storyboards| Theatrical Trailer