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Budrus (2011)

Ayed Morrar , Iltezam Morrar , Julia Bacha  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ayed Morrar, Iltezam Morrar, Kobi Snitz, Yasmine Levy, Ahmed Awwad
  • Directors: Julia Bacha
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, Hebrew
  • Dubbed: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Typecast Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004J169PQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Winner! Panorama Audience Award
- Berlin International Film Festival

Winner! Special Jury Mention
- Tribeca Film Festival

Winner! Audience Award
- Silverdocs Film FestivalFestival

Winner! Audience Award
- San Francisco International Film Festival

Winner! Honorable Mention of the Jury
- Documenta Madrid Festival

Winner! Honorable Mention
- Jerusalem International Film Festival

Winner! Amnesty Italia Award
- Pesaro Film Festival

Winner! Founders Prize, Best of Fest
- Traverse City Film Festival

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.

DVD EXTRAS:

  • Trailer
  • Checkpoints Award
  • Q&A with Director
  • What's Your Calling?
  • Audio: Arabic, Hebrew and English Subtitles: English
  • Review

    This year's must-see documentary. --The New York Times

    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

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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Budrus is exceptional!!! May 9, 2011
    Format:DVD
    Budrus is exceptional!!! I feel that this film showed both sides, the Israeli soldiers and the Palestinians. This film taught me that it's governments and political factions that create the Israel/Palestine conflict, not the people themselves. Israelis and Palestinians know that they are each other's brothers and sisters. It is the governments and political/religious factions on both sides that create violence and hate. The real people who live in these places just want to live their lives and have the same basic rights to live as anyone else. This film stands above other films I have seen on this subject. It seems to shed light by calling on humanity's consciousness to do what is right in their hearts. I found Budrus to be an accurate portrayal of a nonviolent resistance movement.

    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.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    By Youssi
    Format:DVD
    In this inspiring documentary, the viewer follows the people of Budrus (A village in the West Bank) from the timeless beauty of their olive groves into the line of Israeli fire, as tension builds and culminates in dramatic conflict between a steadily growing group of unarmed protesters, and the bulldozing Israeli Defense Force.
    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.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary on Plight of Palestinians January 21, 2011
    Format:DVD
    The outstanding documentary film "Budrus" illustrates the power of non-violent Palestinian resistance to the illegal Israeli occupation and the often brutal security policies of the Israeli army. The Israeli government decided to put a security fence/wall right through a Palestinian olive grove, thereby depriving Palestinian farmers of the right to harvest and earn a living. The locals are organized and decide to non-violently confront the Israeli army in its illegal land grab; the Palestinians are joined by a small group of Israeli protesters and other international observers. Parallels are made between the plight of the Palestinians under Israeli occupation and the treatment of blacks in apartheid South Africa. Due to the persistence and iron will of the Palestinian protesters, the Israeli government eventually relents and decides to construct their "essential" wall away from Budrus and the olive groves. Could non-violent Palestinian resistance lead to freedom and independence for Palestine as did the anti-Apartheid movement did in South Africa? Small victories could well lead to larger victories if more Palestinians engaged in this type of non-violent resistance to Israeli apartheid policies.
    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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The New Imperialism-Budrus March 6, 2012
    Format:DVD
    This is the true story of how the People of the Book adopt the tools of 1930s Imperial Europe to persecute a people who have been at home for 4000 years. To be fair, it briefly (too briefly) shows that those who oppose these land grabs and colonialism are a growing minority of Israelis who believe that the cri de coeur, "Never Again", applies not only to Jews but to all oppressed and persecuted people. Its strength is that it is a documentary, not merely fact but truth. As a Jew, I applaud its courage to hold a mirror to the Middle East and implies our complicity, standing by one side with no regard for the International Human Rights of the other. Bravo.
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