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Encounter Point (2007)

Ronit Avni & Julia Bacha  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Ronit Avni & Julia Bacha
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Hebrew, Arabic
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Typecast Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R4SKEW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Encounter Point" on IMDb

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It isn't often that you see a film about Israelis and Palestinians that can be called hopeful, but Ronit Avni's assured, thoughtful and clear-eyed documentary certainly qualifies. --New York Times

A riveting documentary...blazes with a kind of spiritual grace. --Village Voice

It may not break any new aesthetic ground, but Encounter Point might just be the most optimistic film about this conflict you'll ever see. --New York Magazine

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Winner!
- Rencontres Film Festival

Winner!
- San Francisco International Film Festival

Just when the world is losing hope for the possibility of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict comes Encounter Point. Created by a Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American team, Encounter Point moves beyond sensational and dogmatic imagery to tell the story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their safety and public standing to press for an end to the conflict. They are at the vanguard of a movement to push Palestinian and Israeli societies to a tipping point, forging a new consensus for nonviolence and peace. Perhaps years from now, their actions will be recognized as a catalyst for constructive change in the region. Encounter Point is a film about hope, true courage and implicitly about the silence of journalists and politicians who pay little attention to vital grassroots peace efforts.

Encounter Point's Israeli/Palestinian/North American/ Brazilian production team of young women includes: director & producer Ronit Avni (formerly of WITNESS), co-director Julia Bacha (co-writer/editor of the award-winning documentary Control Room), producers Nahanni Rous and Joline Makhlouf, the first Palestinian female pilot. Encounter Point was edited in Jerusalem and Park Slope, Brooklyn, and features original music by Kareem Roustom, who combines classical Arabic melodies and instruments with traditional Jewish Klezmer to form a harmonious fusion that mirrors the subject matter.

Encounter Point's World Premiere was at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The Canadian premiere was at Hot Docs, and the West Coast premiere was at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Encounter Point has subsequently won the 2006 Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Rencontres Film Festival in Montreal, the Best Musical Score Award at the Bend Film Festival and the 2006 Spirit of Freedom Award at the Bahamas Film Festival. It has screened in Dubai, Jerusalem, Jenin and more than 35 other cities worldwide.

DVD EXTRAS:

  • More Than 1 Hour of Additional Features on the Road
  • Audience Reactions to Encounter Point From Jerusalem to Dubai to New York and More!
  • Additional and Extended Scenes Filmmaker Audio Commentary
  • Film Subject Audio Commentary 4 Minute Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio: Arabic, Hebrew, English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Hebrew, French and Portuguese

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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Encounter Point September 24, 2007
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    I highly recommend this excellent documentary portraying the lives
    of Palestinians and Israelis willing to say no to violence, and
    hear each others pain in the quest for peace. Most of the media
    attention in the U.S. is focused on terrorist violence; this film
    presents the viewer with the story of families on both sides
    of the violence, who have lost family members to the violence,
    and yet are reaching out to each other. These families represent the
    seeds of hope and peace for Palestinians and Israelis. The film was done
    with sensitivity and balance, and lots of painful but hopeful honesty.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and courageous peace initiative August 1, 2007
    By Alice
    Format:DVD
    The Parents-Circle, which is the group this documentary is about is a group of bereaved Israeli AND Palestinian families who each lost a loved one in our ongoing conflict by the 'fault' of the other side. Yet these families succeed to get together, overcoming almost natural feelings of hate or rejection and try to build together a new reality in the Middle East, a new reality which would stop such contious sufferings... You'll see, this experience is absolutely amazing!
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars a ray of hope September 17, 2007
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    Anyone who feels there is no way for parties in the Middle East to find a road to peace will be heartened by this film born out of tragedy. But this is a bigger and more important story than what is transpiring in the Middle East. This is a film about grief and and transformation, about choosing the path of peace instead of retribution. Kudos to the Producers for bringing this story to the public. There is hope out there, and the lessons of this film about personal transformation are important lessons for us all.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Be ready September 9, 2007
    Format:DVD
    Be prepared! If you have a heart, you will be called to action... to fight for peace in this land and yours with the powerful weapon of Love. Perfect Love chases out all fear. Be ready.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars People on the Ground February 23, 2008
    By S.
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    One of the messages of the film makers of "Encounter Point" I really like was that the politicians come and go, and people on the ground go through it all all the time. Another message I liked was that, unlike other documentaries that concentrate on the shocking and the dramatic, we should concentrate on those who are trying to make things better.

    "Encounter Point" is a great documentary about an organization that unites bereaved families in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Both Israeli and Palestinian families. Yes, both Jewish and Muslim. Is that possible? One would never know it, watching the news and endless portrayals of hatred from that part of the world. "Encounter Point" shows us that it is not only possible, but is, and has been happening. Amazingly, both Palestinians and Israelis grieve after their fallen and they both want peace.

    There will always be sceptics and there will always be Grinches who take away the little hope we have. My hat is off to the film makers and all the people portrayed in the film, as the process for peace has to start somehow and somewhere. And these brave people are showing us that one can put behind millenia of hate and competition and peacefully coexist with the rival. Highly recommended.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of efforts towards peace April 30, 2009
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    This documentary was co-produced and directed by Israelis and Palestinians. It presents an in-depth view of efforts by people from both sides toward mutual understanding. Full of stories that we should all hear, but don't. A must-see for anyone interested in peace in the region.
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    12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars reality trumps hope February 22, 2008
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    The success of Encounter Point at Tribeca and other venues is probably due to its attempt not to take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, it follows both Israeli and Palestinian members of an unfortunate "club"---parents who have lost sons and daughters in the hostilities between the warring groups. They have formed a group that is attempting reconciliation among its own members first and then reaching out to bring about understanding on a national scale.

    I wanted to write this review objectively, but language insists on a point of view even when summarizing. Israelis would criticize my use of "conflict" as too mild a word to describe what they term "acts of terrorism." When a Palestinian is shot by an Israeli soldier, I am pro-Israeli if I see it as a casualty of war and pro-Palestinian if I call it murder as Palestinians in the film do). And while I do not describe the group's aims as "forgiveness," "settlement," "compromise," and "appeasement," I do adop the film's use of the term "reconciliation," thereby suggesting equivalency between the two positions, a position I do not not wish to claim.

    The fact is that as any documentary, Encounter Point also takes a position and is unmistakable in its sympathies. Despite that, viewers who disagree with the attitude will still find much to interest them in the film. If the point of view was responsible for its booking, the film's actual interviews are what make it worth seeing. To their credit, if they chose deliberately, and to the credit of their artistic temperament if they chose instinctively, the filmmakers provide unforgettable moments of clarity. A Palestinian member of the group takes the filmmakers to meet his mother in Arab Jerusalem. She urges him to tell the story of his arrest as a young man.
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