World Panorama - Doha Tribecca Film Festival 2010
At the border between Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Israeli government was building a wall that snaked through several Palestinian villages. Budrus, population 1,500, stood to lose 300 acres and 3,000 of its olive trees deemed crucial to the town's survival. Resident Ayed Morrar - whose activism previously landed him in prison - was determined to act. Entire families become involved in Morrar's decidedly nonviolent protest, including his own teenage daughter. Award-winning documentarian Julia Bacha engagingly produced an inspirational film, with raw, handheld video capturing the chaos at the front lines as Israeli soldiers' nightsticks started flying and rubber bullets gave way to real ones. Soon rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of Israelis were united peaceably behind the citizens of Budrus, allowing us a galvanizing glimpse into the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary changes in one of the most war-torn parts of the world.
About the Director
Bacha, New York-based Brazilian filmmaker, wrote and edited the critically acclaimed "Control Room" as well as wrote and co-directed the award-winning 2006 documentary "Encounter Point." She studied Middle Eastern history and politics at Columbia University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
- Julia Bacha
- Julia Bacha
- Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha, Rula Salameh
- Geeta Gandbhir
- Associate Producer
- Jessica Devaney, Anat Langer-Gal, Rebekah Wingert, Daniel Chalfen
- Executive Producer
- Ronit Avni, Jehane Noujaim
- Kareem Roustom
- Sandi DuBowski, Darius Fisher
- Shai Pollack, Monalisa Sundbom, Jonathan Massey, Julia Bacha, Riyad Deis, Mohammed Fawzi
- Ayed Morrar, Iltezam Morrar, Kobi Snitz, Yasmine Levy, Ahmed Awwad, Doron Spielman