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My So-Called Enemy
Directed by
Lisa Gossels

USA / 2010 / 89

New York Premiere
In Arabic, Hebrew with subtitles and English

Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
10/03/2010, 5:45PM
10/02/2010, 4:45PM
If all your life you’ve been told THEY are the enemy, THEY are the ones you should fear, what happens when that very notion is challenged? The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has raged for the last 62 years and recent events have generated dangerous new levels of friction. Director Lisa Gossels’ documentary feature "My So-Called Enemy" touches on a brave new front for peace: young women. In 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teen girls visited the U.S. as part of the Building Bridges for Peace program. 'My So-Called Enemy' is a coming of age story about six of the program participants and how their experience of knowing their 'enemies' as human beings meets the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East. What unfolds is an emotionally charged film about the human consequences of all conflicts — as seen through the eyes of six young women who are thoughtful, intelligent and articulate beyond their years. Idealized world views and friendships become much more complicated as the everyday realities of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict continue to haunt their lives. Gossels captures the maturation of each woman and the diverse set of circumstances each must face as they enter adulthood, revealing an emotionally charged film about conflict, camaraderie and ultimately…hope. (Michael Burke)
Lisa Gossels' first feature documentary, "The Children of Chabannes," won an Emmy Award in 2001, 10 film festival awards, had a limited theatrical release, aired on HBO Signature and local PBS stations and is now distributed by Docurama. "The Children of Chabannes" has been praised as "One of the most heartening Holocaust films ever made--splendid, informative and emotionally involving," (Los Angeles Times) and called "a seamless memoir of courage and a tribute to the human spirit" (New York Daily News). Gossels started making "My So-Called Enemy," her second feature documentary, in 2002. She became a documentarian because she believes in the power of film to affect social change. Beyond her documentary work, Lisa produces and directs educational and promotional films for corporate and nonprofit clients through her New York City-based company, Good Egg Productions, Inc. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.
Producer(s): Lisa Gossels, Eden Wurmfeld, and Justin Schein (Co-Producer)
Director(s): Lisa Gossels
Cinematographer(s): Justin Schein
Editor(s): Lisa Gossels, David Mehlman, Toby Shimin
Composer(s)/Music: Nathan Larson
Sound Editor(s): Cate Montana, Tom Ryan, Alex Soto




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