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Leila Khaled: Hijacker (2006)

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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 ...
Moshe Dayan ...
Himself (archive footage)
Shadia Abu Ghazali ...
Margareta Johnson ...
Herself - Air Hostess TWA Flight 840
Leila Khaled ...
Lina Makboul ...
Golda Meir ...
Herself (archive footage)
Gamal Abdel Nasser ...
Himself (archive footage)
Harry Oakley ...
Himself - Co-Pilot TWA Flight 840
Shimon Peres ...
Himself (archive footage)
Yitzhak Rabin ...
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, aeropeiratis  »

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the history in the movie is portrayed badly in favor of the Palestine
27 May 2011 | by (israel) – See all my reviews

the historic "facts" are,unfortunately, false and a shame to books of history. the movie comes to portray the terrorists lives, and does so badly, with poor thinking and disinformation on the true events who accord dooring those years............ if you are thinking of becoming a terrorist, and to be fulled with hate and lies, then watch this film....... if you want to use some real power, then grab a book and start learning the truth, and peaceful modern ways to deal with the situation! because i am requested to feel ten lines, i am ordered to writ a Lot of junk just the get the ten kines written, which is very hard because i already finished my review but i am compelled to writ more then is needed.

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