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
Winner, Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary Film

2011 Newport Beach Film Festival
Winner, Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary Film
Winner, MacGillivray Freeman Films Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking

2011 Cleveland International Film Festival
Director Lisa Gossels honored as “Someone To Watch”

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

2011 Boston Jewish Film Festival
Director Lisa Gossels honored at their “Luminaries & Legends Gala”

2012 Miller Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award 
Director Lisa Gossels the sixth recipient of this annual award

Brief Synopsis

Spanning a seven-year period, “My So-Called Enemy” follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding as the conflict continues to rage in their homeland, after participating in a women’s leadership program in the U.S. called Building Bridges for Peace.  This heart and mind-opening film documents how the young women’s transformative experience, of knowing their “enemies” as human beings, meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East.  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.  Lisa Gossels’ award-winning documentary presents the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict though a human lens – and the possibility and hope that come from listening to each other’s stories.

A post-9/11 film about building bridges of understanding in our own communities, “My So-Called Enemy” offers audiences profound messages about tolerance, inclusion and respect, conflict prevention and resolution – and the vital role of women in peacemaking.

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U.S.A. (2010) 89 minutes