Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Budrus

Iltezam, Ayed Morrar's daughter

The people of Budrus are trying to live a normal existence in an occupied region of Palestine, near the Israeli border.  Many of the families have lived there for generations and believe they have the right to continue to do so in peace and with freedom.
It is a village of farmers, whose livelihood depends on olive trees; trees that are being “confiscated”, uprooted, and destroyed by the Israeli government, who are building a separation barrier to keep Palestinians out of Israel. The men and women of Budrus have cared for these trees for generations and would rather die than see them destroyed. The scene is set for a tense conflict, as Israelis and Palestinians clash to protect their way of life.
Budrus is a documentary that follows the story of Ayed Morrar, the unlikely founder of a resistance movement attempting to halt the construction of the Israeli wall on Palestinian farmland. It is a charming portrayal of family life, community spirit, and justice in the face of segregation and violence. It is a document to the power of civil disobedience and an essay on the practical application of the “Gandhi Method” of passive resistance. (The Film Pilgrim
The documentary is directed and edited by brazilian Julia Bacha. It tells an important true story about humanity.

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