Jewish Journal

One Israeli creation for the weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

January 17, 2014 | 12:39 pm

Hatufim/ screen capture from YouTube.

As you probably know, Homeland, the award winning television phenomenon, is based on an Israeli TV series named Hatufim (Prisoners of War.)
The show, created by Gideon Raff, had two seasons and considered very successful and unique in the Israeli television scenery.In July 2010, it won the Israeli Academy Award for Television for Best Drama Series. In an interview published in April 2013, Gideon Raff confirmed that he had started writing the third season.


Its first season was aired in 2010. That year, the entire state of Israel was calling for the return of abducted soldier, Gilad Shalit. Then, as we were all united in the effort to bring "Israel's son" back home, Hatufim was released, being, in a way, a reflection of our society and a possible scenario of our future. The series, set in 2008, depicts three Israeli soldiers who return home from Lebanon after seventeen years in captivity.

After a long negotiation, two of the soldiers were returned home, alongside the remains of their third partner, who was presumed dead. The plot follows their day to day life in an attempt to recover from their trauma, as their families try to put life back on its course. Unlike Homeland, Hatufim is more of a drama series, and less of an action series. It follows the returned prisoners of war and their families, alongside the mystery of the third soldier. 


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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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