Riding with a Spy
A Screening and Discussion with the Director
Presented by the Department of History
During her military service, Anat Kamm leaked documents to the press showing that highest ranking officers approved prohibited activities of the IDF in the Occupied Territories in the West Bank, activities that the Israeli Supreme Court ruled illegal. Kamm was arrested and promptly put to trial. After being convicted of espionage, ostracized by her people, and marked as a traitor, the Israeli whistleblower tried to rebuild her life in NYC. She goes and graduates from Columbia University, but her past still haunts her. Unable to find employment and extend her visa, she is forced to return to Israel.
In her last months in the US, Kamm goes on a Cross-Country road trip, traveling from NY to CA to meet the American hero Daniel Ellsberg whose story had many similarities to hers. This movie documents the conversations about her trial and deeds, and seeing the milestones in American history that framed the perception of civil rights and government accountability.