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. -- (C) Balcony Releasing … More
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Critic Reviews for Budrus
This all goes on until Bacha either runs out of budget, patience or film, and ends up cutting to the somewhat positive results.
No one can believe that "Budrus" is showing us the key to peace in the Middle East. But any positive note about this most intractable of conflicts should be savored.
Bacha, who worked on the impressive 2004 documentary "Control Room," does well to focus on one tiny town and its leading citizens; "Budrus" is at its best when she keeps the scale small.
Uncertain which approach to use, the filmmakers try a little of everything: sit-down interviews, in-the-moment footage, sentimental close-ups. A patient, on-the-ground approach would mostly have sufficed. But the movie is fascinating anyway.
For those who despair of ever seeing peace in the Middle East, Budrus offers both sobering and cheering evidence that progress is possible.
What's most gratifying about Budrus is that the film enables us to feel some of the same emotions the participants experienced.
An intense, albeit one-sided, documentary on location during demonstrations by the Palestinians in the village of Budrus against Israeli encroachments.
Using straight-to-camera interviews and circa-2003 footage of the confrontations between villagers and Israeli soldiers, Columbia University-educated, Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha has made a film that will stick in the craw of hardliners.
Bacha's film has a naive charm that fits well with the simple goals of the people, who were just asking that they be allowed to continue raising their kids and making a living in the place where they grew up.
Simply shot and straightforward in its argument, this film from Brazilian documentarian Julia Bacha is an agitprop rallying cry for Palestinians living in the West Bank's Occupied Territories.
A superlative introduction to the realities of Palestinian suffering and resistance.
Budrus is passionately, more-than-competently made, but it's a civics lesson that doesn't quite shake you to your core.
Closely follows remarkable story, from many viewpoints, of [a] community . . . creat[ing] an unusual paradigm for nonviolent protest . . .where most think that's impossible.
A brave and illuminating documentary about a landmark 2003 nonviolent protest movement in a small Palestinian town against Israel's Separation Barrier.
You can scarcely believe the foolishness of the Israeli authorities, but you never get the sense that the film is taking sides.
If you want a real film about women changing history, try the documentary Budrus.
The people of Budrus, and their choice of peaceful protest, can only be admired.
Audience Reviews for Budrus
Ayed Morrar organizes a Gandhi-esque resistance to Israeli expansion into Palestine.
This powerful documentary captures the strength of the Palestinian people and serves as a welcome response to those critics who argue that the Palestinians exclusively resist their colonization through violence. Morrar emerges as a simple, honest, and austere man, and though the film drags at times, the overall message rings resoundingly.
Overall, it's good to see a positive story of resistance coming from this area of intractable differences.
"Budrus" is an illuminating documentary on many levels. To start, it is about everyday life and the complicated politics of the Occupied West Bank that we rarely get to see. Ayed Morrar lives with his family in the small village of Budrus that is in the path of the proposed security wall, meant to keep Israel safe from terrorists. With views from people in both Israel and the West Bank, nobody disputes the need for the wall, even though I could think of a few reasons off the top of my head. What is under dispute is the path of the wall as it cuts deeply into Palestine, including the cemetary in Budrus, and would call for the destruction of vast amounts of olive trees that the village relies on for their livelihood. As a result, Ayed arranges for peaceful protests that first only consist of men, with the women joining them later. The protests are not for the weak of heart as injuries are possible as the protestors have to face down not only construction equipment but soldiers deployed to defend them with rubber bullets and tear gas.(Actually, Ayed has spent time in jail and as a fugitive for being a activist.) The protests get much more attention from the press corps when they are joined by international activists. Then, Israeli activists join the cause which is the most important development of them all. Because now it is now longer just "us" versus "them," as the pronouns get dropped and the villagers become friends with people they could never have imagined befriending. At this point, I realize just about anything is possible.More
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