So we went to a screening of the film, ‘Budrus,’ in the village of al Walaja, which is about 10 kilometers away from Bethlehem. They are currently building the wall there, and the screening was given to inspire the local people to nonviolently oppose the construction of the Israeli Wall on their land.
Here’s an e-mail I received on the issue. The Nicholas Kristof article is quite good:
The momentum for our work continues to grow. After publishing an op-ed in The New York Times calling Budrus “ this year’s must-see documentary,” Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof just posted a video online in which he calls the film “terrific,” interviews protagonist Ayed Morrar and explores the potential of unarmed struggle to change the current reality in the Middle East.
In the last few weeks we have won the Honorable Mention for Best Documentary in the Spirit of Freedom Award category at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, as well as the top prize – “Best of Fest in Nonfiction”- at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. You can view photos of these screenings as well as our San Francisco Jewish Film Festival premiere on our Facebook page.
For those in NYC, there are new opportunities to see Budrus in advance of our theatrical release on October 8th. Join us this Friday, August 6th, @ 7:45 pm and next Thursday, August 12th, @ 7:45 pm at the IFC theatre, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street. Both screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with director/producer Julia Bacha.
Finally and most significantly, our team in Sheikh Jarrah has been bringing the film to Palestinian communities who are facing the loss of their lands. You can read a moving blog post about our recent screening of Budrus for the villagers of al-Walaja. As one Israeli viewer wrote in his blog following the screening, “I returned full of hope and anger, full of anger and pain, full of love…”
Stay tuned for screenings in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Jerusalem, New York, Rio, London, Bethlehem and beyond. In the meantime, please consider joining us at IFC in the coming days, and making a tax-deductible donation to Just Vision so we can continue to shine a spotlight on Palestinian and Israeli civilians working to end the conflict without arms.
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