November 17, 2011, 6:00pm
Film: My So-Called Enemy
Location: Christ Church Neighborhood House, 2nd and Market Street
About the movie
In July 2002, 22 Palestinian, Israeli and Palestinian Israeli teenage girls traveled to the United States to participate in a women's leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace.  "My So-Called Enemy" is the story of 6 of the girls and how the transformative experience of knowing their "enemies" as human beings meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next 7 years.  Through the coming-of-age narratives of Building Bridges participants 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.  By watching "My So-Called Enemy" communities will see 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.  The girls are the experts in "My So-Called Enemy"--and their voices need to be heard, especially because they are young women.
About the director
Lisa Gossels is the President of Good Egg Productions, Inc, a New York City-based production company.  Her first film, the Emmy Award-winning "The Children of Chabannes," which she made with Dean Wetherell, has been praised as "One of the most heartening Holocaust films ever made--splendid, informative and emotionally involving." (Los Angeles Times)  Lisa's second film, "My So-Called Enemy," has won a CINE Golden Eagle and five film festival awards since premiering at Silverdocs 2010.  She was recently honored as "Someone to Watch" at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival. A member of Selah, a national network of Jewish social justice leaders, Lisa became a documentarian because she believes in the power of film to affect social change.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.
Middle East Center, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, and First Person Arts