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.
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.
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.
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.
October 29, 2010
For those who despair of ever seeing peace in the Middle East, Budrus offers both sobering and cheering evidence that progress is possible.
October 21, 2010
What's most gratifying about Budrus is that the film enables us to feel some of the same emotions the participants experienced.
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.
October 6, 2010
Documentaries warrant viewpoints, but they should also provide perspective on more than one side of a contentious issue.
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.
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.
September 29, 2010
If you want a real film about women changing history, try the documentary Budrus.
September 24, 2010
The people of Budrus, and their choice of peaceful protest, can only be admired.