The film, “Damascus Cover” represents a unique venture into the world of Middle East cinema reality,
Set as a spy thriller in Syria, with an Israeli agent on a mission for the Mossad. you cannot help but sit back and learn about the complex role that Syria has played over the years.
From Damascus Cover you learn tidbits about Syria as a haven for Nazi fugitives.
You learn about Syria’s Jews desperate to leave, a few years before their mass exodus in 1994.
Interwoven in the film, you learn about the corruption of the Syrian regime and the role of narcotics as a mainstay of the Syrian economy.
Damascus Cover also provides the viewer with a look into the naive world of a woman reporter in israel who may not know that it is not wise to take pictures at the Western Wall on the Jewish Sabbath.
And finally the film provides some insight into the intrigues of Israeli intelligence who depend on well placed Arab government officials who will sell their souls for whatever is the asking price on the market.
Full Disclosure: I have known the creator of Damascus Cover, as a book and movie, Howard Kaplan, for more than fifty years, and never cease to admire the insight that he carries with him as to how intelligence really manifests itself