by Julia Bacha
USA 2009, 78 min.

With: Ayed Morrar, Kobi Snitz

Panorama (International Premiere)


Director Julia Bacha is available for interviews on February 15, 16 and 17
Protagonists Ayed Morrar and Kobi Snitz are available for interviews on February 15

Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. While this film is about one Palestinian village, it tells a much bigger story about what is possible in the Middle East. Ayed succeeded in doing what many people believe to be impossible: he united feuding Palestinian political factions, including Fatah and Hamas; he brought women to the heart of the struggle through the leadership of his daughter, Iltezam; and he encouraged hundreds of Israelis to cross into Palestinian territory for the first time and join this nonviolent effort. While many documentaries about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict either romanticize the notion of peace, or dwell entirely on the suffering of victims to the conflict, this film focuses on the success of a Palestinian-led nonviolent movement.


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