Panorama Audience Award
- Berlin International Film Festival Winner!
Special Jury Mention
- Tribeca Film Festival Winner!
- Silverdocs Film FestivalFestival Winner!
- San Francisco International Film Festival Winner!
Honorable Mention of the Jury
- Documenta Madrid Festival Winner!
- 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
This year's must-see documentary.
--The New York TimesA powerful film filled with the kind of hope you rarely see around this issue.
--Michael MooreThis film will single-handedly change how many people view the conflict.
--The Boston Globe