Leila Khaled Update …and more Terror From The Skies!
While thinking about Leila Khaled the other day, it occurred to me that she must certainly have appeared in one of my favorite experimental documentaries, DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, so I went home and re-watched it – and sure enough, there she was. This documentary probably only saw the light of day on DVD because it’s all about skyjacking but was made 1997, 4 years before 9/11, and reveals that goofy terrorism paranoia was prevalent even before then. It’s a mesmerizing montage of interviews with hijackers and hijack-ees with all-too-appropriate voice over readings from Don Delillo’s novel “Mao II” mixed with banal disco music. Somehow, it all works beautifully and manages to be hilarious and haunting at the same time.
You can rent it at Videodrome in Atlanta, but if you’re not in Atlanta – you can fortunately watch it in high quality in it’s entirety at the excellent Ubu.com, or can download the entire AVI. It’s only 68 minutes long. Ubu is an amazing source for experimental cinema, check it out.