Ben thinks of himself as a liberal, enlightened gay man living in the perfect apartment with his boyfriend, Raz. All that’s missing to complete the picture is a baby, which the couple is trying to make a reality. Meanwhile, Ben decides to improve his up-and-coming neighborhood in gritty south Tel Aviv by planting a new tree on his street. But his good deed soon triggers a sequence of events that leads to the brutal police arrest of an Eritrean immigrant. The guilt trip that ensues will fundamentally challenge Ben’s vision of himself and his society, threatening to destroy his relationship and aspirations of fatherhood. A satirical parable on the insidious ways privilege can unleash prejudice within.
Idan Haguel is a graduate of the Sapir College Film Department. Following several acclaimed short films screened at festivals worldwide, his debut feature film Inertia premiered internationally at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival (Forum). In 2017, he was invited back to Berlinale after being selected to participate in the talent development program Berlinale Talents. He has also worked as a journalist and scriptwriter for Israeli Television. Concerned Citizen is his second Indie Feature.