Partner with the Enemy
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?
Directors // Duki Dror and Chen Shelach
Script // Galia Engelmayer Dror
Cinematography // Philippe Bellaiche
Editors // Duki Dror and Chen Shelach
Haifa Film Festival, Israel
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, US | 2015
Documentary Edge Film Festival, New Zealand | 2015
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival | 2015
As funny as it is suspenseful and moving, the film tells a complex story suffused with vibrant color and strong characters.
Unpredictable and innovative... a seemingly impossible friendship in which business, femininity and family are all entangled, all of which occurs against a backdrop of suspicion that is only natural when each side has long been defined by the other as the enemy.
Cinema Critic Yael Munk