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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 »

Director:

Lisa Gossels

Writers:

Miriam Asnes (translation), Maha Awad (transcription) | 15 more credits »
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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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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imagining Peace See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$720,000 (estimated)
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Good Egg Productions See more »
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Color
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A bold, new narrative that is a must see!
6 April 2012 | by dr_samuelSee all my reviews

This is a film that needs to be seen everywhere because it provides a "new" narrative that challenges all preconceptions and stereotypes, which have been some of the greatest obstacles to peace. The filmmaker, Lisa Gossels, should be thanked for focusing on the lives of young girls. Too often, the voice of women/girls is ignored and forgotten in media, although they often play some of the most significant roles in bringing about social change. I commend Ms. Gossels for bringing our focus back on to the women in the struggle and their desire to build bridges for peace and reconciliation.

Being a female film producer/director takes courage in and of itself, but having the commitment and insight to present a new narrative as "her story" (v. the traditional "his" story) is radically bold and refreshing!


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