Our Boys

Our Boys

Worthwhile and unique insight

7.0

TV Show

Israel, United States of America
Arabic, Hebrew
Drama, Mystery
2019
Adam Gabay, Johnny Arbid, Lior Ashkenazi
60 min

What it's about

Three Jewish teenagers are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, leading to the retaliatory killing of 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir and a conflict that forever changes the lives of Jews and Arabs alike.

The take

A unique insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through one case of violence that rocked public opinion in both countries: the abduction of three Israeli boys (hence the show title) and the retaliation by Israeli extremists who abducted a Palestinian boy. This case would eventually spark the 2014 Gaza war. It’s slow, it requires subtitles, and the acting is not always sharp but there might not be a piece of storytelling that reflects how those two societies perceive each other more than this American-Israeli show.

Comments

This was a tough look inside Israeli police politics, as well as those of WB residents and their structure. Extremists on both sides are portrayed. I scratch my head at the idea of there ever being some sort of a lasting peace in this area after seeing a series like this – very realistic – I recommend, but it’s not an easy watch.

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