The Little Traitor - A feel Good Story

Film festival favorite, The Little Traitor, opened this week at the Laemmle Town Center in Encino.  Written and directed by Lynn Roth, The Little Traitor stars Alfred Molina (An Education), and Ido Port.  In addition, the film features Academy Award nominee, Theodore Bikel.  

The Little Traitor: Sgt Dunlop (Alfred Molina) with his friend Proffy (Ido Port)


The touching story takes place in 1947 Palestine, just a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy Liebowitz,(Ido Port). a militant yet sensitive twelve year old, has grown up under British occupation and wants nothing more than for the occupying British to get out of his land. Proffy and his two friends are always plotting ways to terrorize the British until one evening, while he’s out after curfew; Proffy is seized by Sergeant Dunlop (Alfred Molina). Instead of arresting him, Sergeant Dunlop escorts him back home and a friendship begins to develop in the following weeks. Proffy starts to consider Dunlop a father figure, as his own father is cold and remote. Dunlop, lonely and poetic, loves the spirited boy and reads the Book of Samuel, Dunlap’s favorite part of the Bible. Proffy helps Dunlap with his Hebrew while Dunlap teaches Proffy difficult English words and provides the fatherly guidance missing in Proffy’s life. As neighborhood tensions escalate between the British and the underground Jewish rebellion, their relationship becomes increasingly complicated. While Proffy has learned a great deal from his mentor, he is also shunned by his friends for this friendship and thus called a “traitor” by his neighbors and community. The resulting trial and shock that he could have such genuine affection for his “enemy” will change Proffy’s life forever.

This touching story had tears in everyone’s eyes when the lights went on and generated much discussion at the event luncheon, which followed the opening. A feel good movie, it shows that people are people and you can be friends even while being enemies. 

The Little Traitor premiered at the Palm Beach Film Festival in 2008 where it received the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.  It also won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2009 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and the Third Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.  The film was also named Best of the Fest  at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  It also screened in Hawaii, Dallas, Miami International, Munich International , Rio de Janeiro and the world famous Cannes Film Festival.  

Despite limited distribution, the film has been a hit in all the cities it has presented in – Los Angeles, La Jolla, Boston, Cincinnati, Dayton, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Detroit, Atlantic City, Chicago, Columbus, Charlotte, Kansas City, Portland, Austin and San Diego.    The film will continue its expansion through out the summer months with plans underway for a repeat performance in New York.  

For more information on the film contact Sheri Goldberg 818 742 7726, [email protected]

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