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When six Palestinian and Israeli teenagers participate in a U.S.-based women's leadership program, it transforms some of their lives forever.


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
Winner, MacGillivray Freeman Films Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking 

2011 CINE Golden Eagle Competition
Winner, CINE Golden Eagle Award, Documentary Feature

In July 2002, 22 Israeli, Palestinian and Palestinian Israeli teenage girls traveled to the United States to participate in a women's leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace.  "My So-Called Enemy" is the story of 6 of the girls and how the transformative experience of knowing their "enemies" as human beings meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next 7 years.    

Through the coming-of age-stories of Adi, Gal, Hanin, Inas, Rawan and Rezan, we see how creating relationships across personal, political and physical borders is a first step towards resolving conflict.  By watching "My So-Called Enemy," viewers see the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through a human lens and the possibility and hope that comes from listening to each other's stories.  The girls are the experts in "My So-Called Enemy"--and their voices need to be heard because they are young  women.  

"My So-Called Enemy" uses the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as a lens to talk about building bridges of understanding in our own communities.  The documentary:   Creates space for inclusive dialogue about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  Celebrates diversity and serves as a platform for multi-faith and multi-cultural understanding.  Offers a model for conflict resolution and peacemaking.  Speaks to the vital role of women in building peaceful communities.  Features young women as social change agents, empowering girls/youth towards social action.



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