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Going Against the Grain

This documentary focus on writer and journalist Gideon Levy, someone who evokes strong emotions from fellow Israelis.

He has made weekly visits, over the past three decades, to the occupied Palestinian territories, describing what he sees – plainly and without propaganda.

For some Israelis, he is seen as a brave disseminator of the truth. But many others condemn him as a propagandist for Hamas. And his columns for the Tel Aviv-based Haaretz newspaper have made him, arguably, one of the most hated men in Israel.

"When I joined Haaretz newspaper, I started to visit the occupied territories," Levy says. "I immediately realized this was what I wanted to do; to understand the brutality and inhumanity of the Israeli occupation."

"I figured out three things. First, this was the biggest drama facing the state of Israel. Second, this story was not being covered by the Israeli media. And third, this was going to be my life mission – to report about the Israeli occupation to Israeli readers who did not want to know what was really happening there."

Over the years, Levy's stories have shed light on the realities Palestinians face on a daily basis.

This Al Jazeera World Report, "Going Against the Grain," follows Levy on one of his assignments in Hebron, and meets some of the ordinary Palestinians whose lives he has described in his regular column for Haaretz.


Screening details

  • Monday, September 23, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
  • St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester NY (Google map location of campus)
  • Suggested campus parking: Lots A, B, C, D, or F; with D & F being the closest (map, pdf)
  • Location on campus: Basil Hall 135; follow the posters and arrow signage to the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs event
  • From parking lot F, Basil Hall is on the other side of the nursing building
  • Film run time: 0:47
  • Style: documentary
  • Languages: narration in English; local language with subtitles
  • Format: video projection
  • Year released: 2013
  • Free; no tickets required