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The Skyjacker's Tale (2017)

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Ishmael Muslim Ali (formerly LaBeet) is the American convicted of murdering eight people on a Rockefeller-owned golf course in the US Virgin Islands. After years of trying to get his conviction overturned, he took matters into his own hands and hijacked an American Airlines plane full of passengers to Cuba on New Years Eve 1984, and got away with it. Until now. Thirty years on the FBI's most wanted list and against the backdrop of his looming extradition to serve eight consecutive life sentences in the US, the film recounts the hijacking that got him here, re-examines his original trial and reveals a gross miscarriage of justice. In a story that is more relevant than ever with racially charged police brutality and injustice constantly in the headlines, THE SKYJACKER'S TALE captures LaBeet / Ali's first interview since the hijacking and includes never before seen footage. Is he a heartless criminal or a victim? The audience must decide. But what emerges is a picture of American government and law enforcement attitudes and actions toward their own population that are shockingly similar to the headlines of today.

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Shocking and powerfully absorbing

July 14, 2017 | Full Review…

An engrossing account of a story that is as relevant as ever and as American as apple pie.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While it falls somewhere short of being a great documentary, "The Skyjacker's Tale" may have one of the great documentary gets.

June 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Kastner has crafted an entertainingly kitschy version of an Errol Morris film ...

June 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie keeps bouncing around in time and space for reasons that aren't apparent, doing little to get us invested in the backstory to the event we've come to see discussed.

June 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Kastner elides key details that might have given viewers a more complex portrait of both the setting and his anti-hero's role in the drama.

January 20, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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