When the Al Aqsa Intifada broke, some Israeli Arabs participated in violent demonstrations inside Israel. Following, twelve Arab Israelis, one Palestinian and one Jew died in related clashes. A commission of inquiry was appointed to look into these events- the main focus was on the conduct of the Galilee police Chief, Major General Alik Ron. Yaky Yosha, the filmmaker, a self described “leftist,” set out to conduct his own inquiry; he followed Alik Ron wherever he went. As the official investigation lingered on, Ron was renounced by many Arab Israelis as a “killer”; Yosha was able to gain amazing access to his subject, “the main suspect.” Winning Ron’s trust, the camera is present when Arab Israelis confront Alik Ron face to face; Ron gets to present them with his version of events. We follow Ron into Arab villages where he is welcomed as a cherished- trusted and beloved family member. Who is Alik Ron? Yosha skillfully illustrates the complexity of the conflict: two peoples inside Israel sharing the same piece of land, interconnected in a complicated and confusing relationship. Nothing about the Arab Israeli conflict is black and white.
Yaky Yosha is a critically acclaimed, award-winning Israeli film director whose unflinching eye for realism has kept him in the top ranks of his country’s filmmakers. Internationally acclaimed for his work as a director and screen-writer, Yosha’s films have often stirred social and political controversy.