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LEILA KHALED: HIJACKER


Directed by | Lina Makboul

Genre documentary  |  Length: 54mins  |  Year of production: 2007


Sitting in the departure lounge at the airport in Rome she looked like a posh lady. She had bought the white dress a couple of days earlier in the exclusive shop by the Spanish Steps to match her handbag. She wore a white sun hat with an extra strap. It wouldn't fall off if there was a fight. And she was pretty sure there would be. It was August the 29th, 1969 when TWA flight 840 took off for Tel Aviv. A short while into the journey passengers were addressed via the intercom: "Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please: kindly fasten your seatbelts, this is your new captain speaking from The Che Guevara commando unit of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine...” 24 year old Leila Khaled had just become the first woman ever to hijack an airplane. In Leila Khaled: Hijacker Swedish Palestinian director, Lina Makboul explores the iconic enigma that is Leila Khaled, drawing on exclusive new interview materials and archival footage to unravel the layers of ideology, myth and reality which attend this timeless symbol of Palestinian resistance.