Watching the news on a daily basis, it is very easy to lose faith in humanity. But every now and then a film like BUDRUS comes along and restores that faith.

A 2009 Silverdocs Good Pitch participant, BUDRUS follows a Palestinian activist, Ayed Morrar, who tries to save his village from Israel’s Separation Barrier. In response to Israeli security forces’ decision to extend the security wall through Budrus’ ancient olive groves and cemetery, Morrar unites an unlikely group consisting of Hamas and Fatah members as well as Israeli supporters.

Using archival footage and interviews with activists, director Julia Bacha has created a film about a nonviolent movement; about what’s possible in the Middle East; and about the change people can affect when coming together. It just might change your response to tomorrow’s news reports. Find schedule and ticket information here.

After the screening, audiences will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with filmmaker Julia Bacha, Ronit Avni, Founder and Director of Just Vision and the film’s subject, Ayed Morrar. The panel will be moderated by Steven Heydemann, Vice President Grants and Fellowships, Special Adviser to Muslim World Initiative, United States Institute of Peace.


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