Leila Khaled: Hijacker & To See if I'm Smiling (Lir’ot Im Ani Mehayechet)
Please join us for two perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict's impact on women & militarism. There will be a brief intermission between the films.
Leila Khaled: Hijacker
Lina Makboul / Sweden / 2005 / 58 ' / Swedish / S.T. English
A Palestinian female hijacker challenges our assumptions about those who resort to violent means in response to oppression.
In 1969 Palestinian Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane.
As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy created by her childhood hero. This fascinating documentary is at once a portrait of Khaled, an exploration of the filmmaker’s own understanding of her Palestinian identity, and a complicated examination of the nebulous dichotomy between "terrorist" and "freedom fighter." When Makboul tracks Khaled down, she finds Khaled living an ordinary life in Jordan, still firm in her belief that her actions were necessary and fully justified.
To See if I'm Smiling (Lir’ot Im Ani Mehayechet)
Tamar Yarom / Israel / 2007 / 60 ' / Hebrew / S.T. English
Six female former soldiers reveal the pshychological scars of serving in the Occupied Territories.
Israel is the only country in the world where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. In this award-winning documentary, the frank testimonials of six female Israeli soldiers stationed in Gaza and the West Bank pack a powerful emotional punch. The young women revisit their tours of duty in the occupied territories with surprising honesty and strip bare stereotypes of gender differences in the military. The former soldiers share shocking moments of negligence, flippancy, immaturity and power-tripping as they describe atrocities they witnessed and participated in. The psychological transformation that these young women underwent as a result of military service is both upsetting and riveting.