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  • Six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls commit to justice and mutual understanding.

    Six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls commit to justice and mutual understanding.

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  • Adi (Israeli, Jewish) and Rana (Palestinian, Muslim), Building Bridges for Peace

    Adi (Israeli, Jewish) and Rana (Palestinian, Muslim), Building Bridges for Peace

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  • Adi, Adva, Galia, Gal, Rezan and Rawan - NYC

    Adi, Adva, Galia, Gal, Rezan and Rawan - NYC

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  • Building Bridges for Peace participants

    Building Bridges for Peace participants

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  • Hanin (Palestinian Israeli, Muslim) in Northern Israel

    Hanin (Palestinian Israeli, Muslim) in Northern Israel

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  • Mona (Palestinian, Muslim), Mai (Israeli, Jewish) and Galia (Israeli, Jewish) at Building Bridges

    Mona (Palestinian, Muslim), Mai (Israeli, Jewish) and Galia (Israeli, Jewish) at Building Bridges

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  • Gal (Israeli, Jewish) and Rezan (Palestinian, Christian) at the wall at Al Zaiem

    Gal (Israeli, Jewish) and Rezan (Palestinian, Christian) at the wall at Al Zaiem

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The Film

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. 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 over the next seven years. Through the coming-of-age narratives 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. 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, about conflict prevention and resolution – and the vital role of women in peacemaking.

The Filmmakers

  1. Lisa GosselsProducer/Director
  2. Eden WurmfeldProducer