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46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Saturday, April 26, 2003
4:15 a.m. MY TERRORIST AND FOR MY CHILDREN
Yulie Cohen Gerstal, Michal Aviad Israel, 2002/ Israel, 2002

Israeli terrorism victim Yulie Cohen Gerstel chooses reconciliation over fear and hatred by seeking contact with her assailant from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine now serving a life sentence in England. She reveals a singular effort to break the cycle of violence and vengeance. (58 mins). Michal Aviad takes us on a personal journey in a visual essay that is a stream of candid home videos and archive footage of events that parallel her family's immigrant past. She brings it up to date with new anxieties about the future as she sets out to untangle her moral dilemmas and unravel questions of survival for her children. (65 mins)

—Janis Plotkin

• (Total running time: 123 mins)