My Terrorist Screenig at HRW + Film Forum

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Date/Time: 21/06/2003 12:00 am

My Terrorist
Yulie Cohen Gerstel, Israel, 2002, 58m, video in Hebrew w/ Eng subt
In 1978, filmmaker Yulie Cohen Gerstel was wounded in a terrorist attack
by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A stewardess for the
Israeli airline El Al, she was hijacked along with other crewmembers on
their way to a flight in London. In a remarkable twist of faith,
twenty-three years later Gerstel began questioning the causes of violence
between Israelis and Palestinians and started to consider helping release
the man who almost killed her, Fahad Mihyi. From the time she was a young
girl, Gerstel considered herself a staunch Israeli nationalist. Growing up
in an upper middle class neighborhood in Israel (where her neighbors
included future Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon and
military hero Moshe Dayan), she patriotically served in the military and
was a proud citizen of her country. After working as a photojournalist
and visiting the occupied ter-ritories along the Gaza Strip, Gerstel came
to realize that both Israelis and Palestinians played a role in
perpetuating the cycle of hostility and bloodshed. It became her goal to
stand up as a sur-vivor and call for reconciliation on each side.
Opening at Film Forum, NYC on June 25, 2003.
Sat June 21 9pm; Mon June 23 9pm