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In the spirit of Michael Apted’s 7 UP SERIES, the award-winning MY SO-CALLED ENEMY has been praised as “moving, powerful, intelligent and brave” (The Nation) and “a mesmerizing, eye-opening film that shows the true power of friendship and empathy to conquer political boundaries.” (Teen Voices)
Spanning seven years, MY SO-CALLED ENEMY follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding after participating in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. This heart and mind-opening film, from Emmy® Award-winning director Lisa Gossels (THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES), documents how the young women’s transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings in the United States meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East. Through the coming-of-age narratives of Adi, Gal, Hanin, Inas, Rawan and Rezan, audiences see how creating relationships across emotional, ideological, religious and physical borders are first steps towards resolving conflict. MY SO-CALLED ENEMY presents the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through a human lens — and the possibility and hope that come from listening to each other’s stories.
A film about building bridges of understanding in our own communities, MY SO-CALLED ENEMY offers audiences profound messages about tolerance, inclusion and respect, conflict prevention and resolution — and the vital role of women in peacemaking.
2010 Hamptons International Film Festival: Winner, Jury Prize for Best Conflict & Resolution Film; 2010 Starz Denver Film Festival: Winner, Special Jury Prize in Filmmaking; 2010 Boston Jewish Film Festival: Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary Film; 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival: Lisa Gossels honored as “Someone to Watch;” 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival: Winner, Jury Prize, Best Feature Documentary Film and Winner, MacGillivray Freeman Films Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking (feature); 2011 CINE Golden Eagle Competition Winner: CINE Golden Eagle Award, Documentary Feature.
“MY SO CALLED ENEMY” a good egg production
director/producer Lisa Gossels producer Eden Wurmfeld
director of photography Justin Schein edited by Lisa Gossels
David Mehlman Toby Shimin music by Nathan Larson