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Jul 24 · 7 min read
Photo: Shlomi Elkabetz, TzahiGrad (Credit: Ran Mendelson/HBO). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

The ten-part limited drama series OUR BOYS debuts with two episodes back-to-back MONDAY, AUG. 12 (9:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by single episodes debuting subsequent Mondays, exclusively on HBO.

The show will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

Photos: Adam Gabay; Adam Gabay
Photos (L-R): Jony Arbid, Ram Masarweh; Adam Gabay; Jony Arbid (Credit for all: Ran Mendelson/HBO).

In the summer of 2014, three Jewish teenagers are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants. Israel is shocked, shaken and furious. Two days later, the burned body of a Palestinian teenager from eastern Jerusalem is found in a forest on the western outskirts of the city. In the ensuing days, an agent from the internal terror division of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) investigates the murder, while the parents of the slain teenager begin their long and anguished journey toward justice and consolation.

Photos: Jony Arbid, Ram Masarweh; Shlomi Elkabetz, Raymond Abukasis
Photos (L-R): Shlomi Elkabetz; Tzahi Grad; Ram Masarweh (Credit for all: Ran Mendelson/HBO). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

OUR BOYS, an HBO-Keshet Studios co-production, was filmed in Israel and is based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza. The series follows the investigation of Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s murder. It tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed by these events.

Episodes:

Episode 1: “Chapter 1: Out of the Depth, I Cry to You”

Debut date: MONDAY, AUG. 12 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Season premiere. On June 12, 2014, the disappearance of three Jewish boys in Israel sends shockwaves across the nation. Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz), a terrorism agent at the Jewish Division of Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and his team search for answers. Arab teen Mohammed (Ram Masarweh) lands in a dangerous environment while Jewish teen Avishai (Adam Gabay) finds himself at a crossroads.

Written by Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael; teleplay by Hagai Levi and Noah Stollman; directed by Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael.

Episode 2: “Chapter 2: I Love Toto”

Debut date: MONDAY, AUG. 12 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

In the wake of their son’s disappearance, Hussein (Jony Arbid) and Suha (Ruba Blal Asfour) face pressure from the police as they search for answers. Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) and Mike (Tzahi Grad) disagree on their theories about the murder and a new angle arises when a rumor leaks to the public.

Written by Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu Wael and Noah Stollman; directed by Tawfik Abu Wael and Joseph Cedar.

Episode 3: “Chapter 3: Two Packs of Red Next”

Debut date: MONDAY AUG. 19 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) meets with Mohammed’s family to probe for details about his life. Hussein (Jony Arbid) and Suha (Ruba Blal Asfour) find their neighborhood in the midst of a riot, while misinformation spreads across the internet.

Written by Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu Wael and Hagai Levi; directed by Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu Wael.

Episode 4: “Chapter 4: The Dawn Martyr”

Debut date: MONDAY AUG. 26 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

With the Jerusalem deputy DA looking over their shoulders, Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) and his team focus their investigation on Israeli persons of interest as Mohammed’s family remain overwhelmed by the fervor surrounding their son’s death.

Written by Shuki Ben Naim, Hagai Levi and Tawfik Abu Wael; directed by Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu Wael and Hagai Levi.

Episode 5: “Chapter 5: Shabbat Shalom”

Debut date: MONDAY, SEPT. 2 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Mike (Tzahi Grad) worries that Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) risks crossing a line when he goes undercover as a reserve-duty soldier in Adam to learn more about Yosef (Ben Melech) and Rabbi Yizhak Ben Shoshan. Later, Simon works to get a tortured Avishai (Adam Gabay) to open up to him, as Shabak readies to make crucial arrests. Suha (Ruba Blal Asfour) mourns Mohammed’s death and learns more about his life, and Hussein decides to talk to the media.

Written by Shuki Ben Naim, Joseph Cedar, Hagai Levi and Tawfik Abu Wael; Directed by Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu-Wael.

Chapter 6: “Chapter 6: Acceptance of Silence”

Debut date: MONDAY, SEPT. 9 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

While investigators struggle to get confessions before lawyers come into the picture, Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) reveals his true identity to Avishai (Adam Gabay) and asks for Dvora (Noa Koler)’s help in getting the teen to break his vow of silence. Hussein (Jony Arbid) is approached by prosecutor Uri Korb (Lior Ashkenazi), as riots spread throughout the West Bank and Mohammed becomes a symbol of the Palestinian national struggle.

Written by Hagai Levi, Shuki Ben Naim and Tawfik Abu Wael; Directed by Joseph Cedar, Hagai Levi and Tawfik Abu-Wael.

Episode 7: “Chapter 7: Judging by its End”

Debut date: MONDAY, SEPT. 16 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Avishai (Adam Gabay) takes Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) through the sequence of events that led to Mohammed’s kidnapping and murder, revisiting key locations and recreating the crimes for police cameras. Desperate for atonement, a guilty Avishai slowly pieces together what happened, as Simon begins to realize the extent of his involvement in that fateful night.

Written by Yair Hizmi and Hagai Levi; directed by Joseph Cedar.

​Episode 8: “Chapter 8: Defendants 2 and 3”

Debut date: MONDAY, SEPT. 23 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Avishai (Adam Gabay) and Yinon (Eyal Shikartsi) spend their first days in prison in isolation out of fear of retaliation by other prisoners, and Avishai tries to get in touch with Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz), who finds that his role in the case has turned personal after he receives a visit from his brother, Rami (Osher Maimon). Dvora (Noa Koler) stands her ground against Asher Ohayun (Menashe Noy), a religious defense lawyer working to mitigate Yosef’s liability by getting him declared insane. Prosecutor Uri Korb (Lior Ashkenazi) emphasizes the importance of both Hussein (Jony Arbid) and Suha (Ruba Blal Asfour) being present in court, but the parents fail to see eye to eye.

Written by Hagai Levi, Yair Hizmi and Tawfik Abu-Wael; directed by Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu-Wael and Hagai Levi.

Episode 9: “Chapter 9: The Perfumer and the Tanner”

Debut date: MONDAY, SEPT. 30 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

As the trial begins and Yosef (Ben Melech) puts on an act of insanity, Avishai’s (Adam Gabay) lawyer instructs him to set himself apart from Yinon (Eyal Shikartsi), but when Avishai asks Yinon to support his version of events, the two get into a harsh confrontation. Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) takes the stand and is pressed about Avishai’s culpability in the murder. Dvora (Noa Koler) sees the consequences of not cooperating with the rabbis in the orthodox community.

Written by Hagai Levi, Shuki Ben Naim and Tawfik Abu-Wael; directed by Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu-Wael.

Episode 10: “Chapter 10: A Shaft into a Dark Tunnel” (series finale)

Debut date: MONDAY, OCT. 7 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

As the trial reaches its climax, a psychologist speaks to Yosef’s (Ben Melech) mental state, while an emotional Avishai (Adam Gabay) prepares for his testimony and a tough cross-examination. Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz) finds that his good work has come at a price and, later, is confronted by Dvora (Noa Koler) when he seeks professional help. Hussein (Jony Arbid) and Suha (Ruba Blal Asfour) become frustrated with Uri Korb’s (Lior Ashkenazi) reluctance to meet their demands, and after a verdict is handed down, they seek solace and peace.

Written by Hagai Levi and Tawfik Abu-Wael; directed by Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu-Wael and Hagai Levi.


OUR BOYS is a co-production of Keshet Studios and HBO; produced by Movie Plus (David Mandil); created by Hagai Levi, Joseph Cedar and Tawfik Abu-Wael; executive produced by Hagai Levi, Joseph Cedar, Avi Nir (Keshet Media Group), Alon Shtruzman (Keshet International), Karni Ziv (Keshet Broadcasting), Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan (Keshet Studios), Noah Stollman and Michael Lombardo; distributed internationally by Keshet International.

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