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Behind Enemy Lines

Israel, 2004, Beta - Color - 64

Dov Gil-Har

Dov Gil-Har, Philippa Kowarsky

Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky


In the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, two former friends and present-day enemies, embark on an emotional journey into Intifahda-land, in search of the origins of the bloodshed.Benny Herness an Israeli police officer and Palestinian journalist Adnan Joulani spend a week traveling together through places which have become symbols of the dispute.Each has selected locations in attempt to convince the other of his own truth: Jenin refugee camp, terror ridden Jerusalem, the disputed Temple Mount, the family of a suicide bomber and more.Adnan, has experienced the death of his beloved cousin shot dead by an Israeli settler. Another cousin went on a shooting rampage in the heart of Tel Aviv. Benny, himself a settler, trains special Israeli forces to combat Palestinian militants.They first met over four years ago on a joint peace mission to Japan. While embracing the "Tokyo Spirit" of understanding the two vowed to take home a message of peace. Soon after their return, the second Intifahda erupted."Behind Enemy Lines" is an emotional and dramatic quest through the milestones of the conflict. Despite the huge gap in their perspectives, Adnan and Benny try to find ways to communicate. Their success can serve as a single ray of hope in present pessimistic times. "Behind Enemy Lines" is a sequel to "Sleeping with the Enemy", a film which followed the original journey to Japan.

Dov Gil-Har is anchoring the morning show, and is directing documentaries for Channel 2 TV - Israel.Director’s Filmography:Shalom, Jordan: 3 heads of Mossad, one former Prime Minister, aids to late King Hussein, and late Yitzchak Rabin, and many more, unfolding the extremely secretive negotiations that led to the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty. 10 years after its signing the film describes the great efforts of achieving peace with Jordan, and the easiness of loosing it (2004).Ringtones (Moments, Israel 2004): A short. 4 minutes consisting of only cellular phones ringing. At first it seems as dealing with the Israeli obsession with mobile phones, but when the frame opens, the story is taking a tragic turn. Part of the "Moments" project premiered in the Jerusalem Film Festival – 14 shorts done by different directors dealing with current Israel (2004).Behind Enemy Lines: The sequel to "Sleeping with the enemy" tells the story of two of the first film heroes during the Intifadah. Benny is commanding the special police forces in the occupied territories; Adnan is a Palestinian Journalist that lost two cousins in the fighting with Israel. The two former friends from "Sleeping with the enemy" lost contact during the war, and now meet for a journey into Intifadah land. (2004)Sleeping With The Enemy: The story of a Palestinian-Israeli journey to Japan. Twenty “Young Leaders” from Israel and the Palestinian Authority, find that only 10,000 km from their homes, they can overcome their turbulent past and simply become friends. (2001)Mom, Promises Must Be Fulfilled: A moving portrait of one man’s battle with leukemia which touched the entire nation as a national campaign is launched to find him a suitable bone-marrow donor. (2000)November 29th: A short film reconstructing the events of the day the United Nations declared the establishment of the Jewish State as captured in a now famous picture of Israel’s top photographer. (1998)Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A weeklong journey in the footsteps of “Lawrence of Arabia” is an amusing, enriching and magical quest after the legendary T.E. Lawrence. The search after Lawrence’s myth passes through the vast Jordanian deserts. With help from the Bedouins of Wadi Rum, the documentary reconstructs some of the important scenes in Lawrence’s career. (1999)The Death Road: The story of one the world’s most dangerous and beautiful roads, connecting the cities of La Paz and Koroiko. This magnificent road, curving high in the Bolivian mountains, claims hundreds of lives each year. The film follows the story of eight Israelis and two Dutch travelers, killed on the road. (2000)A Journey to Micronesia: In one of the world’s most remote regions, Israel finds a supportive ally. A two - part film which examines the unique connection between the Jewish people and the population of this traditional island nation. (1997)A Journey to the Marshall Islands: Deep in the Pacific Ocean lies an island nation ravaged by effects of the nuclear testing and prolonged Western occupation. The Marshall Islands were the second Pacific nation to support Israel in the UN diplomatic battlefield. The director went to find out – why? (1998)




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