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Budrus -- When the residents of Budrus learn that the Israeli army plans to build the Separation Barrier through their town, cutting them off from neighboring Palestinian villages and uprooting their precious olive groves, they decide to organize. Under the leadership of Ayed Morrar, Palestinian men of all political factions come together to wage an unarmed struggle to preserve their lands. Victory seems unlikely until Ayed’s 15-year-old daughter steps in to organize a female contingent that brings the women of Budrus to the front lines in a tense stand-off with the military.

As word of the nonviolent protest spreads, Israeli citizens, international activists and Palestinians from other villages join the people of Budrus to demand that the Barrier be moved. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement that is still gaining ground today. Featuring interviews with unarmed demonstrators, Israeli soldiers and the citizens of Budrus, this harrowing, action-filled, and ultimately inspiring documentary has given hope to audiences around the world with its story of the ground-breaking nonviolent movement spreading across the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Budrus -- Budrus follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.
Budrus -- Budrus follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.

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8 October 2010 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It takes a village to unite the most divided people on earth.
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Follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray. | Full synopsis »
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Clear-eyed, intelligent and affecting See more (7 total) »

Directed by
Julia Bacha 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Julia Bacha  writer

Produced by
Ronit Avni .... executive producer
Ronit Avni .... producer
Julia Bacha .... producer
Daniel J. Chalfen .... consulting producer
Jessica Devaney .... associate producer
Sandi Simcha Dubowski .... co-producer
Darius Fisher .... co-producer
Anat Langer-Gal .... associate producer
Jehane Noujaim .... executive producer
Sigal Rosh .... co-producer
Rula Salameh .... producer
Rebekah Wingert .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Kareem Roustom 
 
Cinematography by
Julia Bacha 
Mohammed Fawzi 
 
Film Editing by
Julia Bacha 
Geeta Gandbhir 
 
Sound Department
Scott Freiman .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Kirk .... motion designer
Chris Kirk .... title design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shai Carmeli-Pollak .... additional photography
 
Animation Department
Darius Fisher .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Jessica Devaney .... assistant editor
Darius Fisher .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Claudia Tomassini .... international publicist
 
Thanks
Melanie Franciosi .... special thanks
 

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70 min | USA:82 min (DVD version)
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Ayed Morrar:It's a live bullet. It's like Fallujah, shooting everywhere. It's like a... You hear? It's like a rocket.See more »

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Clear-eyed, intelligent and affecting, 20 December 2016
Author: runamokprods from US

Yet another clear-eyed, intelligent and affecting documentary on the heartbreaking, seemingly endless conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.

In this case the subject is the title town, where the Israelis – for seemingly no good reason – have decided to erect their 'wall of separation' not along the natural green line border outside the enclave, but cutting right through the heart of this small rural town, dividing the cemetery, and forcing the digging up of farmland and ancient olive trees that provide many in the town with their only income. Whether ignorance, political strategy or simple cruelty on the part of the Israeli government is never really explained (a slight weak spot in the film).

But the film is detailed and insightful in tracing how the townspeople - led by soft-spoken community organizer Ayed Morrar - stand up to the mighty Israeli border army in a non- violent way, eventually earning supporters from around the world including younger liberal Israelis, who come and join in the protests, so the conflict evolves from Arab against Jew into human beings against the army and cold, indifferent bureaucracy. Perhaps in that re- alignment lies the seeds of a human solution for the larger conflict that the people of both sides can not only accept, but even embrace.

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