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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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Moving, real, and guardedly hopeful
3 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This moving, real, and guardedly hopeful documentary follows six young women--three Palestinians and three Israelis--during and after a "peace camp" which insists that they listen to each others' deepest feelings about what divides them. They struggle to open each other up, reach out, become friends, and significantly though tenuously bridge the chasm between them even as bombs and rockets explode. These young women, each in her own way, choose futures which may light paths out of an intractable conflict. You will be glad you met them.

Oh, and bring hankies. Even the guys in the audience were crying, and not for sadness.


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