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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.
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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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.
"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.
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.Read more ›
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A fine, sensitive film about Israel/Palestine by a group that believes in peace and making connections rather than building walls and lobbing bombs over them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Andorrac
with deep insight into the situation and into the human endeavor to make sense of it all. One of the books to keepPublished on April 19, 2013 by Inge Etzbach
This said there were english subtitles when I rented it online. However, when I watched it, there were no such subtitles. LAME. How am I supposed to understand it? Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by Outdoorsy
That unusual thing; a documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict that manages to be hopeful (if still heartbreaking). Read more
I purchased this video after hearing an interview on the NPR program, "Speaking of Faith." I purchased the video because I was interested in learning more about the stories of... Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by Diane
The scenes with the young Palestinian men were riveting as they argued with each other over exchanging their honor for reconciliation. Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by Charles R. Paul