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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.
A powerful film filled with the kind of hope you rarely see around this issue. --Michael Moore
This film will single-handedly change how many people view the conflict. --The Boston Globe
Top Customer Reviews
I was really impressed how the different factions had to come together to make anything really happen. It was inspiring to see Palestinian, Israeli and international activists all together in nonviolent resistance. It was inspiring to see the women of the village struggling for humanity and human rights right along side the men. I liked how they use public relations and nonviolent resistance to preserve the village boundaries and their way of life.
Budrus is in my mind very pertinent to the events we are witnessing all over the middle east and abroad. I recommend this doc to anyone who wants a "how to" guide for making peace and solidarity between people with different beliefs and backgrounds.
Although it would be justifiable to tell this story solely from a Palestinian vantage point, the filmmakers lend even more credibility to the voice of Ayed Morrar, the film's Palestinian protagonist, by respectfully and thoroughly presenting Israeli points of view throughout the film. Soldiers, captains, newscasters and politicians weigh in from the other side of the "wall-in-progress", while back in Budrus - a heroine emerges. Morrar's 15 year old daughter Iltezam is caught on camera jumping into a bulldozer's newly dug pit, to prevent the uprooting of yet another olive tree, as her voice-over describes what was going through her head: "what can one person do?" This heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting documentary answers that impossible question, by demonstrating the power of peaceful resistance - even in the face of seemingly never ending aggression.
This remarkable film is a testament to the courage, conviction and dedication of ordinary Palestinians and their supporters in opposing the illegal land grab by Israel of Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Israel has occupied Palestinian land illegally for more than 43 years in blatant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 242, passed unanimously by all UN Council members including the U.S. Israel's policies also violate the 4th Geneva Convention and other international safeguards for civilians in occupied territory. It's a shame that more Americans don't see this type of film on the typical TV newscasts. This film is highly recommended for those earnestly seeking a deeper understanding of what is really happening in Israel and the occupied Territories.
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A great demonstration of courage in the long and painful Palestinian struggle.Published 14 months ago by Mike Huffman
An inspiring account of a successful attempt by Palestinians to hold Israel to its commitments a bout borders. I use it in a University for Seniors course on nonviolence.Published 21 months ago by Bruce Mork
Timely, personal and up close story of what it means to foster nonviolent resistance to the occupation. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Gail Burnaford
"Budrus" not only shares vividly the struggles between Israelis and Palestinians, but also shares glimpses of hope: Israeli youth joining the protest against the... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Jhonny
The passions on each side of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict are shown in spectacular fasion in this documentary. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by Heidi G