Partner with the Enemy

"As funny as it is suspenseful and moving, the film tells a complex story suffused with vibrant color and strong characters."
MidnightEast
"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."
Yael Munk
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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?





“Peace in the Middle East would come about more easily if the region were governed by women." Roger Ebert

I was drawn to Anat and Rola’s story because it is such a rare one, and because these two women – who are open and funny, who refuse to allow themselves to be defined by the conflict’s many stereotypes – serve as an allegory for many women in the region. The film ultimately begs a simple yet provocative question: can women succeed where men have failed for decades and bridge the political, national and religious differences that divide us?

The film attempts to portray a topic that has been over-politicized and even abused, using humor and personal narrative to demonstrate the absurdity of the political situation in Israel and Palestine.

Documentary   |   Israel   |   2015  

60 min

Hebrew, Arabic  

Subtitles: Arabic, English

Directors: Duki Dror & Chen Shelach   

Script: Galia Engelmayer Dror   

Cinematography: Philippe Bellaiche   

Editor: Duki Dror & Chen Shelach  

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