Leila Khaled Hijacker

( Sweden / 2005 )
Leila Khaled was the first woman in the world to hijack an aircraft. As a member of the Popular front for the liberation of Palestine, PFLP, she hijacked an American Boeing 707 in 1969. This is the story told by a young Palestinian who grew up in Sweden about what made Leila Khaled become one of the world’s most famous terrorists and the most famous Palestinian Woman of all.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 58 min.
Theme: Conflicts, Genocide, Holocaust, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Middle Eastern Studies, Personal Story, Society, War see all »
Language(s): Arabic, English, Swedish
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Lina Makboul
Producer(s): Robert Danielsson
Excluded regions: Sweden, Norway, Finland, see all »


  • "Highly Recommended. Riveting. A must-have...for any curriculum focusing on political terrorism…"
    Educational Media Reviews Online
  • "An astonishing testimony on violence and femininity."
    Le Monde Diplomatique
  • "Upsetting...powerful."
    La Presse
  • "Provocative...Honest."
    Chicago Tribune

Festival participation

  • IDFA
  • Gothenborg
  • One World Prague
  • Thessaloniki
  • Créteil
  • Belfast
  • Sao Paulo
  • Seoul
  • Rome
  • Vancouver
  • Encounters

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Distribution Company: First Hand Films

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