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My So-Called Enemy (2010)

 -  Documentary  -  2010 (USA)
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In July 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls came to the U.S. to participate in a women's leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. "My So Called Enemy" is a coming of... See full summary »

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In July 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls came to the U.S. to participate in a women's leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. "My So Called Enemy" is a coming of age story about 6 of the program participants and how they reconcile their transformative experience in the program with the realities of life back home in the Middle East over the next 7 years. What unfolds is an emotionally-charged film about the human consequences of all conflicts--as seen through the eyes of 6 young women who are thoughtful, intelligent and articulate beyond their years. Written by Lisa Gossels

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In 2002, 6 Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls participated in a U.S.-based program where they came to know their "enemies" as human beings. "My So Called Enemy" is about how this experience complicates their lives in the Middle East over the next 7 years.

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Imagining Peace  »

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Humanizing, Honest, and Relevant
5 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"My So-Called Enemy" chronicles the experiences over a period of several years of six remarkable young women from Palestine and Israel, from their participation at a camp in New Jersey (a program called "Building Bridges") to their homes in Israel and the Palestinian territories and beyond. The conflict in that region provides a backdrop for the film, but the primary focus of the film is the transformative and re-humanizing power of compassionate listening and the forging of personal connections between people who are, due to their circumstances, supposed to see each "other" as enemies. The film is not at all a "message" film though, it is remarkably non-ideological and makes no attempt to simplify the complicated or offer easy solutions to the seemingly intractable difficulties faced by the subjects of the film. It is a personal and sometimes painfully intimate portrait of the deep psychological complexities young people encounter when faced with historic social conflict in their personal and public lives. Triumphs of friendship in apparently impossible circumstances, heartbreak and frustration with the terrible costs of conflict, and the gradual coming of age of each of the participants in the film are all addressed beautifully.

The subject matter of this film is, in my estimation, applicable to so many of the conflicts we face in our lives. Whether the issue is immigration, economic class, race, religion, etc, there are numerous touch points in the film that will provide a valuable starting point for important dialogue.


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