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**SUNDANCE COMPETITION TITLE, OFFICIALLY SELECTED TO SCREEN AT NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, IDFA, SHEFFIELD INT'L DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL**
**NAMED ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF 2017 BY VARIETY AND THE LA TIMES**
Since Israel's decisive victory in the 1967 Six-Day War, hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens have made their homes in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank. With unprecedented access to pioneers of the settlement movement and a diverse group of modern-day settlers, religious and secular alike, The Settlers is a comprehensive exploration of the controversial communities that exert inordinate influence on the sociopolitical destinies of Israel and Palestine.
NOMINATED - Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Sundance Film Festival
NOMINATED - Grand Jury Award - Sheffield Int'l Documentary Festival
NOMINATED - Best Documentary - Awards of the Israeli Film Academy
NOMINATED - Best Israeli Film - DocAviv Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Sundance Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - DocAviv Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - New York Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - IDFA Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
A compelling, must-see, tour de force. --The Huffington Post
Former Israeli Navy Seal and filmmaker Shimon Dotan has delivered a ticking encapsulation of the never-ending conflicts revolving around the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. - Hollywood Reporter
Everyone who cares about Israel should see Shimon Dotan's The Settlers. --The Jerusalem Post
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The film contains newsreel footage, talking heads, and maps — the usual contents of a documentary. More captivating is Dotan’s new footage. He focuses on Hilltop Youth, a right-wing Jewish Israeli settler organization that mobilizes young people to occupy territory in the West Bank. He also shows how young white men enact violence on communities of color, facing little or no retribution. A young Jewish settlement father speaks to his kids about beating up Arabs, and young yeshiva students complain about being imprisoned and confined by the walls of their settlement, seemingly unaware of how they are part of the problem. The idea of settlements as prisons is reinforced by border walls, checkpoints, and Israeli military protection.
The interviews with the settlers is candid and often shocking in terms of how so many express a mixture of anger, nationalism, and self-righteousness. One settler gladly refers to himself as a racist who gladly discriminates against Palestinians. Another states that settlers have a God-given right to set up homes in the West Bank
This thought-provoking documentary is especially effective because director Dotan doesn’t get bogged down in history. He provides perspective on the various points-of-view toward the settlements, leaving the viewer to ponder how the situation will play out.
There are no bonus features on the unrated widescreen DVD release.