Within the Mossad

When speaking of the Israeli Mossad, one of the most esteemed intelligence agencies in the world, it is near impossible to separate fact from fiction, to understand where the mythology that surrounds the Mossad ends and the real story begins. Indeed, this mythology has served the original goals of the Mossad’s founders: to protect the Jewish people from a second Holocaust.


Within the Mossad

When speaking of the Israeli Mossad, one of the most esteemed intelligence agencies in the world, it is near impossible to separate fact from fiction, to understand where the mythology that surrounds the Mossad ends and the real story begins. Indeed, this mythology has served the original goals of the Mossad’s founders: to protect the Jewish people from a second Holocaust.

To be sure, whatever we might presume to know about the Mossad itself, pieced together from the endless parade of conspiracy theories, speculations and reports credited to anonymous sources that populate the media, almost nothing is known about the agency’s operatives, those who ostensibly operate within the Mossad but in actual fact do much of their work alone in the field, putting themselves at great risk for what is often little reward.

WITHIN THE MOSSAD breaks with convention, bringing the viewer a deep and intimate portrait of a life lived on the edge in service of a mission most will never know about. The film’s central axis is constructed around the testimonies of former Mossad operatives who took part in three of the organization’s critical operations. These central characters will guide the viewer, via their subjective point of view, into the operative’s world and the time and place in which their operations unfolded. The film will expose operatives from the most secretive units of the Mossad who will appear on camera (though some will have their identities hidden) alongside leading figures in Israel’s intelligence community. The film interweaves the personal stories of these operatives with the geopolitical context in which their operations took place. By mixing illustrative sequences, archival footage and first-person accounts, the film creates a unique feeling of “being there” at the moment of truth.

The personal element of the film introduces viewers to each operative’s story, their belief in their mission and the ideology that stood behind it and their conviction that their actions would leave a lasting impact on a grand scale. Who are these people and what motivates them? What impact did their actions, and mistakes, have? Did they pay a price that they only today, in retrospect, understand?

The geopolitical and contextual piece of the film comes from the operations themselves, each of which touches upon a different part of the Mossad’s operations: the “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” policy of collaborating with Middle Eastern regimes and states based on shared mutual interests (for instance, Iran prior to the 1979 revolution, Kurdistan and, most recently, Saudi Arabia); the preventive actions taken against regional militias and armaments destined for enemy states; and the organization’s targeted killings.

As the film exposes the personal experiences of the operatives, their mental preparations, internal anxieties and moral dilemmas, it ultimately asks: does the Mossad truly live up to its myth and to what extent are geopolitics shaped by a spy whose name we will never know?

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