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18th of January, 2007 INDIA
LEILA KHALED HIJACKER WAS AWARDED THE GRAND JURY AWARD
"A story about an extraordinary woman and her journey, the jury decided to award Lina Makboul´s film, Leila Khaled Hijacker the award for Best Film because of its nuanced politics of nationhood and gender. This film about a Palestinian woman hijacker challenges our assumptions about those who resort to violent means in response to oppression and gives us access to the politics of one of the most troubled regions of the twentieth century. It also complicates the current discourse on Islam and terrorism by its deliberation on the meanings of terms such as "terrorist", interrogating and asking if one person's terrorist could be another's freedom fighter. Especially relevant in the context of today's highly polarized conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and closer home in Kashmir, this self-reflexive film echoes in its treatment, the complexity of its arguments, using evocative imagery both verité as well as reconstructed as well as archival footage in an extremely creative manner."
12th of January, 2007 SWEDEN
LEILA KHALED HIJACKER RECIEVED BEST FILM AWARD
"Lina Makboul´s meeting with her former teenage idol, the first female hijacker Leila Khaled has resulted in a totaly magnificiant documentary. With an editing and archive footage that other documentaryfilmmakers only dream about, history and present are connected. Makboul´s personal tone and Khaled´s lack of guilt puts the question of commitment on it´s edge. The result is an initiated and balanced portrait that shows the people behind the act, behind the terrorist."
8th of November, 2006 SWEDEN
On the opening of Tempo Documentary Festival, Leila Khaled Hijacker recieved an award from The Lena Hellman Memorial Fund.
"In good documentary tradition and with a personal commitment, the film gives an informative background to one of the largest conflicts in our history."
Screenings for LEILA KHALED HIJACKER 2006: