Budrus Reviews

  • Jim H Super Reviewer
    Jun 06, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Apr 28, 2013

    *Nothing scares the army more than nonviolent opposition.* This fascinating and tragic documentary tracks the Israeli confiscation of farm land from a small Palestinian village in the early 2000s. It provides a modern example of the complaint of Ezekiel, *The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.* - Ez. 22:29. The village, Budrus, offers nonviolent resistance, especially the Palestinian women, and the situation takes a fascinating turn when Israeli citizens join with the Palestinians to resist the Israeli government incursions. *I saw in reality Israelis defending me from the soldiers of the Occupation. It was strange to see a Jew standing side by side with me,* says one of the Palestinian participants. The Budrus situation was a mere slice of the ongoing injustice, and Americans should make an effort to see this award-winning film.

    *Nothing scares the army more than nonviolent opposition.* This fascinating and tragic documentary tracks the Israeli confiscation of farm land from a small Palestinian village in the early 2000s. It provides a modern example of the complaint of Ezekiel, *The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.* - Ez. 22:29. The village, Budrus, offers nonviolent resistance, especially the Palestinian women, and the situation takes a fascinating turn when Israeli citizens join with the Palestinians to resist the Israeli government incursions. *I saw in reality Israelis defending me from the soldiers of the Occupation. It was strange to see a Jew standing side by side with me,* says one of the Palestinian participants. The Budrus situation was a mere slice of the ongoing injustice, and Americans should make an effort to see this award-winning film.

  • Apr 28, 2013

    How can I use 'quote marks'?

    How can I use 'quote marks'?

  • Feb 16, 2013

    Non-violence please. Another useful documentary.

    Non-violence please. Another useful documentary.

  • Dec 15, 2012

    This documentary tells one story about a small village, Budrus located in the Occupied West Bank. Israeli soldiers arrive to build a barrier fence that will run right through their land including uprooting their beloved olive trees. Ayed Morrar organized a group of men to hold a non-violent demonstration to block the bulldozers brought in to tear down trees and clear the land. Their efforts were not too successful. His 15 year old daughter said, "Where are the women?" She understood how women could bring a new dynamic to their protest. This film is a great example of how peace can be achieved with bi-partisan support. It's sad to see how politics becomes a barrier to peace, but hopeful to see how human beings can overcome those forces.

    This documentary tells one story about a small village, Budrus located in the Occupied West Bank. Israeli soldiers arrive to build a barrier fence that will run right through their land including uprooting their beloved olive trees. Ayed Morrar organized a group of men to hold a non-violent demonstration to block the bulldozers brought in to tear down trees and clear the land. Their efforts were not too successful. His 15 year old daughter said, "Where are the women?" She understood how women could bring a new dynamic to their protest. This film is a great example of how peace can be achieved with bi-partisan support. It's sad to see how politics becomes a barrier to peace, but hopeful to see how human beings can overcome those forces.

  • Nov 19, 2012

    A little candle of hope in the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Must be seen for its human content.

    A little candle of hope in the seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Must be seen for its human content.

  • Jun 13, 2012

    If you haven't seen this, you should.

    If you haven't seen this, you should.

  • Apr 30, 2012

    Interesting documentary with some moments of joy and others of yawn... The best, the end, not just for be the end, but because it is inspiring.

    Interesting documentary with some moments of joy and others of yawn... The best, the end, not just for be the end, but because it is inspiring.

  • Feb 16, 2012

    An inspiring documentary of ordinary Palestinian villagers resisting Israeli encroachment upon their olive farms. It's also a tribute to those who have the courage to stand up for what is right, even if it means standing against your country's own interests.

    An inspiring documentary of ordinary Palestinian villagers resisting Israeli encroachment upon their olive farms. It's also a tribute to those who have the courage to stand up for what is right, even if it means standing against your country's own interests.

  • Oct 12, 2011

    Proof again when facing the unfair actions of a democracy, non-violent protest is the best way to go. (I added a "democracy" qualifier because even Gandhi admitted Hitler would have just ran him over with tanks)

    Proof again when facing the unfair actions of a democracy, non-violent protest is the best way to go. (I added a "democracy" qualifier because even Gandhi admitted Hitler would have just ran him over with tanks)