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Sabena Hijacking: My Version

  • Nickelodeon Theatre 1607 Main Street Columbia, SC, 29201 United States (map)

October 30 at 1:30 pm
104 minutes | Hebrew, French & Arabic with English Subtitles


Striking reenactments and harrowing testimonies combine to riveting effect in this true story of a terrorist siege that forever shaped the Jewish State.

On May 8, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September seized control of Sabena Flight 971 shortly after take-off from Vienna en route to Tel Aviv. The next day, Israeli Special Forces launched a daring operation to rescue the passengers and retake the plane. SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION provides a moment-by-moment restaging of those nerve-racking hours. With the captain held at gunpoint and Jewish passengers separated from the others, the hijackers threatened to blow up the plane unless Israel agreed to release Palestinian prisoners. Events are recalled firsthand by passengers, newly discovered audio recordings of British pilot Reginald Levy, and an interview with the sole surviving hijacker. Also featured are future Israeli leaders Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, who both took part in the raid, as well as Transport Minister Shimon Peres.

Captivating, fast-paced, and utterly suspenseful, SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION juxtaposes Israeli and Palestinian narratives to pose hard questions about the seeds and legacy of political terrorism.

Nominated for the Israeli Best Documentary Film Academy Award.


Earlier Event: October 30
Breakfast at Ina's
Later Event: November 1