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The Settlers (2017)

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From the Romanian-born, Israeli-raised filmmaker Shimon Dotan, THE SETTLERS traces the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their growth through individual action and, in this telling, the sometimes tacit encouragement of Israeli politicians. Interweaving archival footage with current interviews featuring settlers and academics alike, Dotan examines the incremental protests, governmental indifference, and political calculation that have led to the current stalemate in which we've come to know. Partisans on both sides of the conflict will find plenty to argue with. The real achievement here is in going beyond the buzzwords of newscasts and talking points to convey a sense of what's happening on the ground--and give it a sense of urgency.

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Dotan adroitly lays out a post-1967 history and surveys the settlers' varied rationales.

March 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Settlers provides a vivid primer on a situation that looks inherently tragic.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Dotan sorts out the forces and personalities that shaped the movement, going back to the 1967 Six-Day War that provided the territorial gains that enabled some Israelis, with a range of ideologies, to stake out newly occupied lands.

March 2, 2017 | Full Review…

There's no question that this documentary has the power to provoke strong reactions.

February 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Former Israeli Navy Seal and filmmaker Shimon Dotan has delivered a ticking encapsulation of the never-ending conflicts revolving around the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

February 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Of course the film plods; this story is exhausting, drawn-out, decades of fear and violence so familiar that they hardly even shock.

February 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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