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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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Julia Bacha (writer)
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Release Date:
8 October 2010 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It takes a village to unite the most divided people on earth.
Plot:
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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9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Protest Movement Ignored by the Media See more (6 total) »

Directed by
Julia Bacha 
 
Writing credits
(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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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A Protest Movement Ignored by the Media, 6 August 2010
Author: nyshrink from United States

This documentary will be an eye-opener for many Americans. It tells the story of an on-going non-violent protest movement on the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories. The movement has been created and led by Palestinians--a people often portrayed as terrorists or fanatics by the Western media. Some intrepid international activists as well as some Israelis have joined the movement, but the focus of this film is on the Palestinians.

The film portrays the actual protests and the response by the Israeli military. Just as interesting are numerous brief interviews with many people including the leaders of the protests, an Israeli activist and an Israeli military leader on the ground (who I began to suspect was probably later fired, as his comments were damning as well as humorous). Many people might be shocked to see a Hamas member talk about the value of non-violent protest and how he has met progressive Jews whom he now views as comrades. Not a bearded mullah, he is a math teacher.

The protests I believe were filmed in 2003, but this movement against the Israeli theft of Palestinian land continues on the West Bank. Since it is rarely covered by the Western media, this film may be your only chance to get a good look at it.

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