My Israel – Revisiting the Trilogy

A film by Yulie Cohen

Israel | 2008 | 78 minutes | Color | DVD | Subtitled (Hebrew) | Order No. 09956


Few filmmakers have probed issues of Israeli nationalism and Israeli-Palestinian relations more completely or intimately than Tel Aviv-born Yulie Cohen. In My Israel, Cohen revisits her acclaimed trilogy My Terrorist (2002), My Land Zion (2004), and My Brother (2007) with new footage, fresh perspective, and her trademark fearlessness.

For Cohen, Israel is the land of her ancestors, the land her parents fought for during the 1948 war and the land she herself served as an Air Force Officer during the Entebbe crisis. In 1978, working as an El Al stewardess, she survived a terrorist attack in London that killed a colleague and left her with shrapnel in her arm.

Embarking on a difficult and emotional journey, she attempts to free the surviving terrorist who attacked her, to question the myths of the state that she grew up in, and to reconcile with her ultra-orthodox brother after 25 years of estrangement. My Israel is an account of remarkable courage and understanding set against the last turbulent decade of Israeli history, successfully combining Cohen’s 10-year oeuvre in an incisive and refreshing new way.


“Highly Recommended. …for students investigating Israeli nationalism, ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, and responses to terrorism."

Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg Educational Media Reviews Online

“With a searing honesty, leads you through a personal and sometimes grueling process of trying to make sense of the relationship between past and present, the individual and the collective, the self and the ‘other.’”

Emily Gottreich Vice Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

“The ethic of dissent and its importance in remaking a world gone wrong is a core tenet of Judaism and one which is too often forgotten…. [Cohen’s] film shows why we must try to create a world where affirmation is possible and dissent is mandatory.”

Dr. Sarah Roy Senior Research Scholar Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

“[Yulie Cohen’s] belief in love endure[s], a stubborn corrective to the politics of hatred and division swirling around her.”

Tim Teeman The Times


  • Adelaide Film Festival, Australia
  • Encuentro del Otro Cine Int’l Doc Film Festival (EDOC), Ecuador
  • Festival of Israeli Cinema in Paris
  • Int’l Women’s Film Festival, Rehovot


Yulie Cohen

Born in Israel, Yulie Cohen earned a degree in Sociology & Anthropology from Tel Aviv University (1981), and an MA with distinction in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology (1984). She worked in films in New York and Los Angeles, returning to Israel in 1988 for the birth of the first of her two daughters. Since 1996, Yulie has directed and produced many internationally co-produced documentaries such as: MY TERRORIST (2002) which received a special jury prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival, was Silver Wolf nominee at IDFA, was awarded the Provincia di Cuneo Prize (2003) and the European Prize Ilaria Alpi Journalistic Television. (2004) My Terrorist was translated into 20 languages, broadcasted in 21 countries and screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world. After completing My Terrorist in 2002, Yulie directed the 2nd documentary supported by The Danish Film Institute, the BBC, VRT Belgium, YLE Finland, ZDF/ARTE and TV2 Denmark: MY LAND ZION (2004) which was screened at many film festivals in Israel, Canada, France, Australia, USA, Italy, Argentina, Germany, Denmark, Ecuador and more. In 2005 Cohen received the Art of Film Prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival. MY BROTHER (2007), the last in the trilogy, was premiered in the competition at Haifa International film Festival (Oct. ’07) and transmitted on the commercial channel 2 of Israel with an excellent rating. My Israel [2000 – 2008], based on the trilogy and some new footage, got great newspaper reviews in the UK after its broadcasting at BBC4 on May 2008. Gesher Fund for Cinema in Israel granted My Israel marketing funds and it was transmitted on the YesDocu documentary channel in Israel. During 2009, Cohen exhibits a video art she made with Ittai Finkelstein named BIBILOGRAPHY at Suzan Dalal Centre in Tel Aviv. In 2014 DocAviv she exhibits SELF PORTRAIT video art and in summer 2014, produced and directed MINOR SHRINE OF OUR LOVE (2014, 30') a documentary for Dani Karavan's exhibition in the Negev Museum. (10/15)

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