Persona Non Grata is a 2003 documentary film directed by Oliver Stone for the HBO series America Undercover about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.It includes interviews with Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, and various Palestinian activists.GOOD MORNING: “It should really be called ‘Frustration’,” Oliver Stone describes his docu “Persona Non Grata,” which he introduces at a screening at noon Wednesday at N. It will be followed by a discussion by former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres with the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen.
Yasser Arafat did not grant an interview although Stone comes close several times.
However, the Palestinian point of view is more than amply aired by others — including terrorist “Freedom Fighters” — in the film.
About the lack of an Arafat interview, Stone says, “He’s always the same, anyhow.” But the frustration of trying to settle the Israeli-Palestinian problem is even evident in closeups of Stone himself as he conducts interviews.
He intelligently reminds that “Although the war in Iraq has ended, it has not in the Middle East.” HBO airs “Persona Non Grata” June 5, preceded by a D. screening Friday at the Washington Institute and Council on Foreign Relations.
It will also be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival where Stone’s other project, “Commandante” about Castro has been removed from the sked.
As to the doc’s future, Stone is still in discussions with HBO and says, “I am not the type who gives up.” Stone steps back — or it is it up?
— in history as he now readies to film “Alexander the Great” with a September start date. First it was the cancellation of the Baseball Hall of Fame appearance of Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.
Then Cindy Williams (“Laverne & Shirley” co-star-plus) was almost uninvited last week to ceremony for Bob Hope on Hollywood Boulevard, which was attended by many members of the Armed Forces — all because of an erroneous Internet story.
Per Cindy: “It seems two years ago, a Cindy Williams, who is a senior research fellow at MIT (and who was assistant director for national security in the Congressional Budget Office from 1994-1997) wrote an op-ed piece printed in the Washington Post denouncing a pay raise for the military.