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Budrus Reviews

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
October 13, 2010
Budrus is passionately, more-than-competently made, but it's a civics lesson that doesn't quite shake you to your core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
October 6, 2010
Documentaries warrant viewpoints, but they should also provide perspective on more than one side of a contentious issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 18, 2011
This all goes on until Bacha either runs out of budget, patience or film, and ends up cutting to the somewhat positive results.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 23, 2010
An unsettling but finally uplifting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Haycroft
Little White Lies
September 24, 2010
The people of Budrus, and their choice of peaceful protest, can only be admired.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
October 5, 2010
The little-told story of a small but growing nonviolent opposition movement among rural West Bank Palestinians gets an airing in Julia Bachas mostly fair-minded documentary.
Nora Lee Mandel
October 11, 2010
Closely follows remarkable story, from many viewpoints, of [a] community . . . creat[ing] an unusual paradigm for nonviolent protest . . .where most think that's impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Mike Hale
New York Times
October 8, 2010
Engrossing and sometimes inspiring...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 2, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 29, 2010
If you want a real film about women changing history, try the documentary Budrus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 6, 2010
A brave and illuminating documentary about a landmark 2003 nonviolent protest movement in a small Palestinian town against Israel's Separation Barrier.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 2, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 18, 2016
Morrar is the kind of man who pursues collective social progress rather than headlines or offices. He is the governor or congressman we wish we all had but never do.
Harvey S. Karten
April 14, 2011
An intense, albeit one-sided, documentary on location during demonstrations by the Palestinians in the village of Budrus against Israeli encroachments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tom Dawson
Total Film
September 23, 2010
Following events over several years, director Julia Bacha uses visual sources and interviewees (including Israeli soldiers) to sculpt a timely testimony to the power of peaceful resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 16, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
December 2, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
September 23, 2010
This involving film is an eye-opener.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 29, 2010
You can scarcely believe the foolishness of the Israeli authorities, but you never get the sense that the film is taking sides.
| Original Score: 4/5
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