Partner with the Enemy
Directed By: Duki Dror and Chen Shelach /
Israel / 2014 / Hebrew, Arabic (English Subtitles)
Documentary / Drama
Original Title: האויבת שלי השותפה שלי
In the midst of the ever-fraught Israeli-Palestinian political landscape, two women, one Israeli and one Palestinian, attempt the seemingly impossible: to build a business together. Fighting against societal and family pressure, anti-normalization currents and a chauvinistic, male-dominated industry, the two combine forces to create a logistics company which helps Palestinian businessmen to navigate the everyday absurdities of Israeli control of the West Bank. But while they help their clients to overcome the obstacles of Israeli occupation, the divisions between them threaten to tear their partnership apart. Can the bond between them overcome the impossible?
Partner with the Enemy is the type of incredible story that documentary is made for, and certainly in Israel where audiences are eager for new perspective on the Israeli‐Palestinian conflict, for an angle that has yet to be explored. Even so, the choice of two women, of two mothers, as the heroines of the film is an unexpected and innovative one.
From an article by Dr. Yael Munk, Cinema critic and Faculty member Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, Tel Aviv University
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