Informers

Premise

A short film set in Palestine and the UK.

Mazen, a 23 year old Arab living in Britain, visits his family in the West Bank town of Nablus in the midst of the 2nd Intifada.

Already angry at the treatment his people suffer at the hands of Israeli soldiers, he witnesses a series of events that leave him equally upset with his own side ... including a feud between 2 families, where one has accused the other of having an Israeli informer in their midst.

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Characters

Mazen

Early-mid 20s British Arab. Barely able to speak his native language, and feels a little out of place when he visits his roots. Friendly, if a little awkward at times. The main character and narrator of the story.

Mazen’s father

Middle-aged, old-fashioned Arab parent, with a frank and blunt speaking style.

Noor

Slightly-downbeat and always serious. Intelligent, but seems somewhat jaded by the war, her family and life in general.

Mustafa

A cousin to both Mazen and Noor. A mischievous and cocky man in his mid-late 20s, who is convinced he’s cooler than he actually is.

Shaloub

Wiry man with a well-trimmed, slightly reddish beard and a knowing smirk in his smile. Could easily pass for East European rather than Arab. Despite having no dialogue, he is an integral part of the plot.

Lisa

Attractive and well-spoken, but with an understated air of untrustworthiness about her at times.

Greek Orthodox priest

Senior priest, with a long, greying beard.

Mazen’s mother

Middle-aged and smartly-dressed Arab woman, living in Britain but who still has her native accent. Doesn’t appear until the final few scenes.

Sister 1 and Sister 2

Pair of nervous-looking Arab girls close to Mazen’s own age.

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Background

Informers, originally called 'Traitor', was written as a film of 2 subplots: one with a Palestinian protagonist, the other an Israeli one.

The resulting script length was both too long to be a short yet too brief to be a feature. Therefore, the decision was made in summer 2009 to cut the original script in half.

The Israeli plot will now be made as a sequel in due course; the Palestinian plot will become a standalone first film.

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Filming

The movie is being shot almost entirely in the UK, with some footage of the West Bank countryside inserted where possible to give an increased sense of geography.

To create the illusion of being set in the Middle East, filming is to take place towards the end of summer where the sun is as bright as possible. Lighting effects in both filming and post-production will be used to create the appropriate visual effect, while every scene that can be filmed indoors or at night will be.

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On-Set Photos

To be added during production.

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Nablus Gallery

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Clips

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