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‘The Skyjacker’s Tale’ Exclusive Clip: Notorious U.S. Fugitive Gives His First Ever Interview In New Documentary

The film will premiere in the TIFF Docs section at this year's Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, September 10th.

The Skyjacker's Tale

“The Skyjacker’s Tale”

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On September 6th, 1972, five politically motivated Virgin Islanders murdered eight people at the Rockefeller-owned Fountain Valley Golf Course on the island of Saint Croix. Dubbed the Fountain Valley Massacre, the killings put the entire island on lockdown, and after a contentious trial, all five of the defendants were convicted. But on New Years Eve 1984, the group’s ostensible leader Ishmael Muslim Ali (formerly LaBeet) hijacked an American Airlines plane and took asylum in Cuba where he still resides today. Now, award-winning director Jamie Kastner goes in depth into the murders, the subsequent trial, and the hijacking in his new documentary “The Skyjacker’s Tale,” which also features Ali’s first interview ever about the catastrophic events. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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Kastner is best known for his 2012 film “The Secret Disco Revolution,” an in-depth look at the disco era, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. He also directed the documentaries “Kike Like Me,” a self-described “a black comic road movie about identity,” and “Recessionize! For Fun and Profit!,” an exploration of those who turn economic crises into an opportunity.

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“The Skyjacker’s Tale” will premiere in the TIFF Docs section at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, September 10th.

 

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