The inspiration for hit series Homeland, Sky Arts presents the Israeli original drama: Prisoner of War (Hatufim).
When three IDF reservists are captured during active service behind enemy lines in Lebanon their fate initially is unknown. They become symbols to the society from which they came, while among their families they are perceived as something between a misty memory and an everlasting glimmer of hope. That is, until the day seventeen years later when they return.
Only two come back alive. The third returns in a coffin.
In Prisoners of War (Hatufim - or abductees in Hebrew), the story of their time in captivity unfolds as they attempt to reintegrate into society. They try to cope with the pressures of being reintroduced to their families and friends, as well as handling the national hero status being thrust upon them via the public limelight.
Starring Yal Abecassis, Mili Avital, Yoram Tolledano, Assi Cohen, and Ishai Golan, the gripping plot unravels through three time periods; before capture, life in captivity, and proceedings in the present day, which all intertwine to reveal dark secrets about life in captivity.
Personal drama, struggles, and challenges help paint a picture of what exactly happened in the seventeen long years the men were incarcerated.
Written and directed by Gideon Raff, Keshet Broadcasting's ten-part drama series was voted Israels number one drama in 2010.
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