Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Controversial moviemaker Oliver Stone offers his own distinctive spin on the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this episode made-for-cable documentary. Filmed in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Ramallah over a five-day period in March 2002, Persona Non Grata is essentially a collection of interviews with several key players in Middle Eastern affairs. Among those answering Stone's queries are former Israeli Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, and Benjamin Netanyahu; Hamas official Hasan Yosef; European diplomats Miguel Moratinos and Christian Jeuret; and several heavily disguised members of Palestine's Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade. Unfortunately for Stone, the Passover suicide bombing in Netanya prevented him from interviewing the estimable Yasser Arafat. Persona Non Grata made its HBO debut on June 5, 2003.
Israeli [nationality], Palestinian [nationality], political-conflict, political-leader, violence, interview, negotiation, terrorism, freedom-fighter, Middle-East, suicide-bombing, poverty