Based on true events, Our Boys follows the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of a teenage Palestinian boy outside his home in East Jerusalem. As Shabak agent ‘Simon’ (Shlomi Elkabetz – To Take a Wife, Tel Aviv/Beirut) leads the investigation, violent demonstrations erupt.
In 2014, three Jewish teenagers were kidnapped, their bodies found shortly after. The whole of Israel was shocked. Just a few days later, the mutilated body of teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir was found a few kilometres outside Jerusalem. He’d been set alight whilst still alive. Israelis were left reeling. As Khdeir’s father (Johnny Arbid – Zaytoun, Close to Home) fights for justice for his son against a system offering little support, so the likely perpetrators are tracked and monitored.
Exploring home life rarely portrayed on television – the dramas linked to the angry and grieving Palestinian family juxtaposed with the disbelief that Yeshiva students could be responsible for such a heinous crime – Our Boys is a captivating miniseries. The psychology of guilt – particularly with the youngest of the three, Avishai (a desperate Adam Gabai – Tmunat Hanitzahon, Hunting Elephants) – against the justification of the act is perfectly played out as ‘Simon’ becomes more and more embroiled in the case, leading to his position becoming compromised.
Powerful and confronting, Our Boys is no easy watch as lines of investigation are ruled out as mounting violence escalates and pressure is placed on Simon to make an arrest. It’s compassionate, empathic, thought-provoking, challenging – and, as personified by the boy’s mother (Ruba Blal – Sand Storm, Wajib), deeply sad.