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The L.A. Times Review: 'The Skyjacker's Tale'


Documentarian Jamie Kastner has unearthed quite a story for his latest documentary, "The Skyjacker's Tale," which originates on the tiny island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The case of the 1984 plane hijacking is a bit of a lark — where the passengers repeatedly mention the politeness of their hijacker — but the tale that precedes it is one of a horrific massacre, a racist justice system and the oppression of a colonized people.

On New Year's Eve 1984, prisoner Ishmael Muslim Ali, a.k.a. Ishmael LaBeet, commandeered a commercial aircraft traveling from St. Croix to New York with a small gun and demanded to be delivered to Cuba. He has remained in exile there for more than 30 years. Read more - 

Laura Baron Kastner