by Idan Haguel
Israel 2022, 82'
A satirical parable on the insidious ways in which privilege can unleash the prejudice within.
Ben thinks of himself as a liberal and enlightened gay man, living in the perfect apartment with his boyfriend Raz. All that’s missing to complete the picture is a baby, which the couple are trying to make a reality. Meanwhile Ben decides to improve his up-and-coming neighborhood in gritty south Tel-Aviv by planting a new tree on his street. But his good deed soon triggers a sequence of events that leads to the brutal police arrest of an Eritrean immigrant. The guilt trip that ensues will fundamentally challenge Ben’s vision of himself and his society, in the process threatening to destroy his relationship and aspirations of fatherhood. A satirical parable on the insidious ways in which privilege can unleash the prejudice within.
Cast & Crew
With: Shlomi Bertonov, Ariel Wolf
Head Producer: Idan Haguel
Producers: Gil Sima, Binyamin Gurevitch and Itay Akirav
World Premiere: Berlin IFF 2022 - Panorama
Vilnius IFF 2022
Pink Apple Zürich 2022
Milano Mix 2022
Belmont World FF 2022
San Francisco Jewish FF 2022
Idan Haguel is a graduate of the Sapir College Film Department. Following a number of acclaimed short films, which screened at festivals worldwide, his debut feature film - “Inertia”, premiered internationally at the 2016 Berlinale Film festival (Forum). In 2017, he was invited back to Berlinale after being selected to participate in talent development programme, Berlinale Talents. He has also worked as a journalist and scriptwriter for Israeli Television. CONCERNED CITIZEN will be his second Indie Feature.