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The Forgotten

Spring Grants 2016 - Production Stage

Ghada Terawi / Feature Documentary / Palestine, Qatar / 2018 / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic, English, Japanese / Interests: History, Biography, Identity


A journey in the life of Kozo Okamoto, a Japanese freedom fighter and member of the Japanese Red Army, who gave up his life in Japan to join the Palestinian liberation movement. The film knits together a map of Okamoto’s journey through stories of Palestinian and Japanese people who passed through Kozo’s life. Living the romantic dream of being a “world revolutionary” was a stage in Okamoto’s life, but being the lone surviving perpetrator of the Lod Airport Operation in 1972 was a turning point. Interrogation in Israeli jails, a trial and 13 years in Israeli prisons marked his whole life and formed the person he is now. Being freed from prison after a prisoner-exchange deal between Israel and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in 1985 took him on another journey, where he faced loss, insecurity, guilt and betrayal. ‘The Forgotten’ seeks to reveal Okamoto’s life journey, which is full of contradictions: ups and downs, waiting and hope, pain and frustration.


Ghada Terawi
Ghada Terawi
May Odeh
Production Company
Odeh Films

About the Director

Ghada Terawi was born to Palestinian militants in Beirut in 1972. She grew up between Beirut, Tunis and Cairo, and graduated from the American University of Cairo with a BA in International Relations. She currently lives in Palestine. Terawi began working in the field of documentary filmmaking in 1998, and produced her first film, ‘Staying Alive’, in 2001. Her other films include ‘What’s Next’ (2003), ‘The Way Back Home’ (2006), ‘The Last Station’ (2007), ‘Golden Pomegranate Seeds’ (2009), ‘On Air’ (2011) and ‘The Storyteller’ (2013).


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