The Missing File

By Oded Davidoff, Erez Kav-El, Dror Mishani, Noam Kaplan

TV Series
8X33 min.

A missing persons investigation of a young boy who has disappeared, a briefcase filled with explosives that is placed near a kindergarten, and a murder that takes places without no one ever knowing about. These events revolve around one detective who doesn't necessarily see everything he should, but whose  "blindness" is precisely what will lead him to the truth.

The Missing File poster

Project Info

Script: Erez Kav-El
Producers: Yoav Roeh and Aurit Zamir
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: Hebrew
Broadcasters: Keshet, Kan 11


Avi: Moris Cohen
Ilana: Irit Kaplan
Barak: Oz Zehavi
Marianka: Carole Weyers
Hannah Sharabi: Orna Banai
Chaim Sarah: Tzahi Grad
Zeev Avni: Maayan Blum
Avi's father: Uri Gavriel
Avi's mother: Irit Sheleg


Casting: Amira Buzaglo
Photography: Shai Goldman
Editing: Itzhak Tzhayek
Original Music: Roi Nassi
Soundtrack: Avi Mizrahi, Aviv Aldema
Art Director: Yoav Sinai
Costume Designer: Maya Armoza
Creators: Noam Kaplan, Dror Mishani, Erez Kav-El, Oded Davidoff




Violence is an Israeli suspense drama series based on the bestselling novels "The Missing File" and "A Possibility of Violence" by award winning Israeliauthor Dror A. Mishani. At the heart of the show are the disappearance of a young teenager in the midst of a terror attack in Tel Aviv, a satchel filled with fake explosives and a murder that no one knows took place. These crimes are investigated by an exceptional police detective, carrying the unique name Avraham Avraham, who makes one crucial mistake that will lead him, in an incredible chain of events, to discover the truth.

On the afternoon the entire Israeli security services are preoccupied with a dramatic chase after a terrorist who hit a café in Tel Aviv and disappeared, unlucky Police inspector Avraham Avraham, working in a small police station in Holon (a grey suburb of Tel-Aviv), is probably the only officer who couldn't join the hunt: he's ordered by his boss to stay in the station and "hold the fort".

Frustrated and bitter over being left (once again) on the sidelines, Avraham receives a forty year old woman, Hanna Sharabi, who wishes to file a missing-persons report. She tells Avraham that her son, sixteen-year-old Ofer Sharabi, left home that morning to school but never got there and hasn't made any contact since. Avraham, still hoping to join the chase after the fugitive terrorist and eager to send the mother home, dismisses Hanna's concerns. He tells her that the entire police force is fully stretched searching for a dangerous gunman that might soon hit again, and that they have no time to deal with teenagers who will probably come home in a few hours, either drunk or stoned.

But Avraham is mistaken. And the missing boy doesn't come back. Could he have been kidnapped by the fugitive terrorist? Avraham doesn't even imagine that possibility, but his superiors certainly do. In a few hours, this seemingly unimportant missing-persons case will become a nationwide concern, and everyone in Israel will be asking where is Ofer Sharabi and why didn't the police (meaning, Inspector Avraham) start searching for him on time?

Unexpectedly finding himself, for the first time, involved in an investigation that even the prime-minister is interested in, and publically held responsible for the missing boy's fate, Inspector Avraham, a small cop from a small police station, is now faced with the most important case of his life. And the further he delves into the investigation, he discovers it's much more complex and much darker than he could have imagined.

Director - Oded Davidoff

Director - Oded Davidoff

Oded graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School. His first film, "Octan 96", won a citation for the 1993 short film competition. His final film, "B'Yadaim Tovot " (1994), was chosen as one of the ten best films of the Sam Spiegel School. In 2001, Davidoff directed the film "Mars Turkey", a comic thriller based freely on Limor Nachmias' bestseller of 1996, "Zvutoti". In 2005 he directed the series "Mishehu Larutz Ito", based on David Grossman's book of the same name. The series became a movie of this name, which was shown on the opening night of the Jerusalem Film Festival in July 2006 and became the first Israeli film to open the festival. In 2007 he directed the comedy series "Hakol Dvash" and in 2009 the drama series "Timrot Ashan". His film "The Dealers" came out In 2012. 

Dror Mishani

Dror Mishani

Dror A. Mishani is a best-selling crime writer, screenwriter and literary scholar, specializing in the history of crime fiction, and head of the creative writing program in Tel Aviv University.  His first three international best-sellers in the Inspector Avraham series, "The Missing File" (HareperCollins, 2013), "A Possibility of Violence" (HarperCollins, 2014), and "The Man who wanted to know everything" (HarperCollins, 2016), were translated into more than 20 languages.

A cinematic adaptation of "The Missing File" was made by French film director Eric Zonca ("Black Tide", 2018, with Vincent Cassel and Romain Duris) and an eight-episodes TV drama based on the first novles in the series was made by Keshet Studios in Israel (expected to premiere in Kan11 during May 2019).

"Wisdom of the crowd", an American crime drama produced by CBS (2017) is based on an original idea by and executive produced by Mishani, as well as another series "Prisoniero numero uno", a 60 episodes drama by Telemundo (expected July 2019).

Mishani was script-editor of two Israeli TV series ("The Missing File" and "The informant", yes, expected 2020) and is now writing a TV drama for Keshet studios with Shira Hadad.

He's now developing a 6-episodes crime drama for HBO Central Europe and Keshet, called "The Journey". 

Erez Kavel

Erez Kavel

Erez Kavel, born in 1977, is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Film and Television department.

Based in Tel Aviv he creates and writes feature films and television drama shows.

Among his works on TV:-Writing episodes for the first and second seasons of the drama series Screenze (Lollipop production and YES satellite TV). Writing episodes for the drama series Good Intentions (Yetzira Ivrit Productions, Keshet T.V). Creating and writing of a drama miniseries Troika (Riki Shelach production, HOT). Creating and writing of the drama series Another Life (TTV Productions, Keshet T.V). Writing for the Drama series Allenby St. (Inosan productions, channel 10). Writing episodes for the drama series killing Grandma (Endemol Israel, YES satellite TV).  Writing for the drama series Hatzoref (my tv, HOT). Creating and writing of the drama series The Missing File (gumfilms, Keshet T.V, Kan 11).

In 2009, Erez wrote the screenplay for the for the full length film Five Hours from Paris. (Towteam Productions, The Israeli Film Fund, Keshet t.v, HOT t.v.) Together with Leonid Prodovski . The film won the best film award and of the discovery award for its screenplay at Haifa International film festival.

In 2010 Erez wrote the screenplay for the full length feature film Restoration (Yetzira Ivrit Productions, Israeli film found, Keshet t.v), Winner of the screenplay award at Sundance world cinema competition (2011). Winner of the crystal globe at Karloby vary film festival (2011).  

Erez teaches screenwriting at the Film and Television Department, Tel-Aviv University and at Sam Spiegel Film &Television School Jerusalem.

Noam Kaplan

Noam Kaplan

An honorary graduate of The Sam Spiegel Film School - Jerusalem. His diploma film, 'Blue White Collar Criminal', was theatrically distributed in Israel.

Upon graduation was selected for Residence du Festival de Cannes program. His first feature length film, 'Manpower' (2014), was premiered at The Palm Springs International Film Festival, and was nominated for the New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize. Manpower premiered locally at the Haifa International Film Festival, earning the FEDEORA Special Mention. It was then theatrically distributed in Israel to acclaimed reviews. His second feature film, ‘The Future’, is in financing stage upon securing production grant from the Israeli Film Fund.

For television, he created the detective series ‘The Missing File’, which aired to excellent reviews. In addition, he wrote the first installment of Hagai Levi's ('In Treatment', ‘Our Boys’) acclaimed mini TV series 'The Accursed'.

Over the years he has supervised the artistic process of several TV drama series for Israel cable company HOT. As a Script Editor he collaborated on numerous Israeli feature films.

Kaplan is also a lecturer and a tutor at The Sam Spiegel Film School - Jerusalem; teaching screenwriting and directing, as well as, chaperoning the student's diploma films.

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