A Just Vision Film
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.
Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat yet remain virtually unknown to the world.
The movie is directed by award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (co-writer and editor Control Room, co-director Encounter Point), and produced by Bacha, Palestinian journalist Rula Salameh, and filmmaker and human rights advocate Ronit Avni (formerly of WITNESS, director of Encounter Point).
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Watch a related TED Talk by filmmaker Julia Bacha:
Watch "Ali & Shlomo Meet" - A scene from the Just Vision film Encounter Point:
Encounter Point is a feature documentary that follows a former Israeli settler (Shlomo Zagman), a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother, and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother (Ali Abu Awwad) who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. This 3-minute clip captures the moment when Shlomo Zagman and Ali Abu Awwad encounter one another for the first time.
This film originally aired as part of Doc-Debut, a series on Link TV highlighting unique and groundbreaking international documentary films. Each week features the U.S. television premiere of a new foreign doc, offering American audiences unprecedented perspectives on world events and culture, as seen through the eyes of individuals across the globe. The series also provides a unique outlet for films by independent directors and producers to reach a much wider international audience.
DOC-DEBUT airs every Sunday at 8pm Pacific and every Saturday at 8pm Eastern.