A Swedish film-maker profiles the life of Jordan-based Leila Khaled - the first female hijacker.





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Credited cast:
Uri Bar Lev ...
Himself (archive footage)
Shadia Abu Ghazali ...
Margareta Johnson ...
Herself - Air Hostess TWA Flight 840
Leila Khaled ...
Lina Makboul ...
Herself (archive footage)
Gamal Abdel Nasser ...
Himself (archive footage)
Harry Oakley ...
Himself - Co-Pilot TWA Flight 840
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Robert Schaller ...
Himself - Passenger TWA Flight 840


Leila Khaled was the first woman to hijack a plane. In 1969, she showed her grenades to the terrified passengers by order of the Che Guevara commando unit of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Through the ensuing media bombardment, she put the Palestinian nation on the global map. The pretty 24-year-old Leila became a hero to many Palestinians, including the Swedish/Palestinian teenager Lina Makboul, who is now a filmmaker. At least Leila dared to do something, Lina thought at the time. She visits Leila 35 years later with a camera, and finds a woman who does not regret anything. Written by Anonymous

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28 January 2006 (Sweden)  »

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Leila Khaled, a gépeltérítő  »

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€145,000 (estimated)

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An essential documentary
14 April 2016 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This incredibly well made and very sad documentary is important for anyone who wants to understand what the motivates the Palestinians and been behind all the tragedies that have befallen Palestine and Israel since the Nabka. If you don't and have already a narrow fixed view, it may not. I can only agree with the other reviewers Jasper and John who have put together intelligent and coherent reviews that I can not better. I recommend another documentary, The Gatekeepers. This consists of interviews with the retired heads of Shin Bet, one of whom says that there have been opportunities to resolve the conflict, that have not been seen as politically expedient by Israel's ruling political parties. My mother a survivor lost her entire family in the Holocaust and my view of the nightmare that is the Palestinian Israel conflict, has changed 180 degrees in the last 50 years.

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