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My So-Called Enemy (2010)

| Documentary | 2010 (USA)
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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Totally engaging, informative.
9 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

I personally was overwhelmed, exhilarated, and informed by this remarkable film, by its sensitivity, persistence, detail, artistry and its potential to challenge and change ideas.

My So-Called Enemy, powerfully draws viewers into the individual stories and struggles of three Palestinian and three Israeli young women during the Peace Camp they are attending in New Jersey. Tension builds and humour relieves, and tears can be shed! The audience has the unique experience of following these young people over seven years when they face the challenges of becoming adults in their respective societies and of finding their way to continue to build and maintain bridges to peace.

If you are interested in the challenges to individuals in societies experiencing conflict, in the challenges to filmmakers to show this with sensitivity and artistry and a balanced view, in the challenges specially to women, you will want to see this film, and to tell family and friends to do so as well.


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