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Secret Kingdom

The incredible story of the Yatza Affair – an affair in which Brigadier General (Res.) Yitzhak Yaacov (nicknamed Yatza), a member of the Palmach and Deputy Cmmander of Gush Etzion during the War of Independence. Head of Warfare Development in the IDF and the State of Israel’s first Head Scientist, Yatza was charged with severe espionage against the State of Israel. After living in New York for thirty years, Yatza returned to Israel to celebrate his 75th birthday. Instead of a birthday celebration, and as an alternative to the Israel Prize, senior defense officials and high-tech executives organized a tribute event in his honor.
The following day, at Ben Gurion Airport, he was clandestinely arrested and detained in a holding cell at the National Unit for International Investigations. At the end of the interrogation, he found himself behind bars for 18 months; during this time, his trial took place behind closed doors. For the first time in a feature film, the long arm of the “Secret Kingdom” of the Israeli defense system is revealed. This is a journey into the most primeval fears of Israeli citizens.

Festivals and Awards:

European Independent Film Festival, 2010; Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2010

Director: Nir Toib

Producer: Nir Toib

Production Company: G.N Communication

Cinematographer: Dava Melman

Editor: Gil Izikov

Supporter(s): New Fund for Cinema and Television; Reshet; Noga Communications - Channel 8; Rabinovich Foundation

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: ממלכת הסוד

The incredible story of the Yatza Affair – an affair in which Brigadier General (Res.) Yitzhak Yaacov (nicknamed Yatza), a member of the Palmach and Deputy Cmmander of Gush Etzion during the War of Independence. Head of Warfare Development in the IDF and the State of Israel’s first Head Scientist, Yatza was charged with severe espionage against the State of Israel. After living in New York for thirty years, Yatza returned to Israel to celebrate his 75th birthday. Instead of a birthday celebration, and as an alternative to the Israel Prize, senior defense officials and high-tech executives organized a tribute event in his honor.
The following day, at Ben Gurion Airport, he was clandestinely arrested and detained in a holding cell at the National Unit for International Investigations. At the end of the interrogation, he found himself behind bars for 18 months; during this time, his trial took place behind closed doors. For the first time in a feature film, the long arm of the “Secret Kingdom” of the Israeli defense system is revealed. This is a journey into the most primeval fears of Israeli citizens.

Festivals and Awards:

European Independent Film Festival, 2010; Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2010

 

Director: Nir Toib

Producer: Nir Toib

Production Company: G.N Communication

Cinematographer: Dava Melman

Editor: Gil Izikov

Supporter(s): New Fund for Cinema and Television; Reshet; Noga Communications - Channel 8; Rabinovich Foundation

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: ממלכת הסוד

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