Budrus (pronounced BOOED-ruse) is a village of about 1,500 inhabitants located between Ramallah and Tel Aviv on the Palestinian side of the Green Line. (Open with Google Earth or Googel maps.) When residents learn that Israel intends to build a separation barrier in the village, the film shows community leader Ayed Morrar organizing protests. His 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, becomes involved and leads the women of the village to be out in front when the Border Police and bulldozers come.
Ahmed Awwad is another leader featured. He supports Hamas while Morrar favors Fatah. Morrar was in Israeli prisons five times for his resistance, the first time at age 17.
The film also interviews Israeli leaders, e.g., Doron Spielman, an IDF Captain, and Yasmine Levy of the Israeli Border Police.
Points made in this film
- The Israeli separation barrier takes Palestinian property because it is often located on the Palestinian side of the Green Line.
- Israel is building the wall because it fears terrorist attacks from Palestinians
- Israel is militarily more powerful than the Palestinians
- The wall threatens Palestinian livelihood because its construction requires destroying olive trees and takes Palestinian land
- Palestinians non-violently protested building of the wall and got its location changed
- Israelis and South Africans are shown personally and actively supporting the protests
- There are political disagreements among Palestinians
On the panel following the screening are:
- Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2:00 - 4:45 p.m.
- The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue Rochester NY
- Film run time: 1:22
- Style: documentary
- Languages: English, subtitles for the parts in Arabic and Hebrew
- Format: video projection
- Tickets are free from The Little box office; because of licensing arrangments for this title, we decided not to charge admission
- Echo screening @ RIT Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
More information is available on the filmmaker's official web site.