Miss Entebbe

77 Minutes, 2003
Genre:
Feature
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Directed by: Omri Levi
Cast: Yael Abecassis, Alon Oleartchik, Merav Avrahami, Meirav Gruber, Igal Naor
Production:Yoav Roeh
Production Company:Aspamia Films, Ltd.
Photographer: Gabriel Wagon
Original Music: Alon Oleartchik
Language: Hebrew
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Jerusalem, the summer of 1976. The lives of 12-year-olds Noa and Yoav change when the mother of Danny, a neighbor, is a passenger on the plane hijacked to Entebbe. No one knows if or when she will return. In the midst of the hubbub, the children gather in Danny’s apartment and remain there, frightened and traumatized by this powerful event. Influenced by the tense atmosphere, they become embroiled with the son of the building’s Arab cleaning lady and, at Noa’s suggestion, kidnap him and hold him as a negotiating card for the release of Danny’s mother. But as time passes, the plan becomes increasingly complicated and the boy’s father closes in upon them. Noa—originally the group’s aggressive leader—discovers that Naim is flesh and blood, like her. She will havev to choose between her own plan and what her heart tells her to do.
Told from the perspective of Noa, a lonely teenage girl, Miss Entebbe examines the relationship between what happens at home and in the outside world. While focusing upon Noa’s troubles with her father and her inability to relate to her mother, the film examines the violent reality in which we live and examines the possibility that this violence stems from neglect and unwillingness to see the other; and over time, this prevents us from seeing ourselves. The film won honorable mention at the last Berlin festival.

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