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"A poignant chronicle" -Variety
"In refusing to romanticise the villagers or demonise their aggressors, [director Julia Bacha] presents a stark and wholly believable portrait of the Middle East conflict in microcosm, while her welcome focus on character over political point-scoring gives Budrus a weighty emotional kick" -TimeOut London
"This involving film is an eye-opener" -Guardian UK
"Heartening" -Los Angeles Times
"Engrossing" -New York Times
Critics' Pick "Gripping... not just a poignant story of determination but also hope that nonviolent resistance may yet blossom in one of the more violent places on Earth" -New York Magazine
"Brave and illuminating" -Spirituality & Practice
Recommended! "Provocative in the best possible way" -NewCity Chicago
"This documentary...has the slow-burning suspense of a scripted film" -Chicago Reader
½ "Fine, humane... Striving for balance is a bit of a fool's errand in a documentary set anywhere in this part of the world. Budrus comes close enough where it matters" -Chicago Tribune
Ayed Morrar joined Fatah as a youth, and was jailed for the first of five times in 1981 at the age of 19. By the start of this gripping documentary, he has become the leader of a truly popular nonviolent movement in Budrus, a West Bank village with a population of 1,500. Morrar organizes villagers to prevent construction of an Israeli "security wall" that would run through Palestinian territory, encircling Budrus and cutting off access by the villagers to their own land.
Filmmaker Julia Bacha (Encounter Point) chronicles a movement that starts with men running to their fields at midnight to block bulldozers from destroying their olive trees, which is transformed into a larger campaign, incorporating a group of young women led by Morrar's daughter Iltezam. Soon the plight of this village is making international headlines, uniting not only members of Fatah and Hamas under the banner of nonviolence but bringing together Palestinians and Israelis. Bacha's camera stands among the protesters and soldiers, daringly capturing footage as rubber bullets, tear gas and, eventually, live ammunition is discharged by IDF troops in an attempt to disperse crowds or incite them to violence. Interviews with villagers, activists and soldiers provide diverging points of view on the turbulent events.
Budrus movingly extends Bacha's abiding concern with the process of reconciliation, as Israelis and Palestinians stand together in front of Israeli soldiers and bulldozers, the possibility of living together peacefully becomes vividly imaginable.
Directed by Julia Bacha, Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories/U.S.A., 2009, 78 mins. In Arabic, Hebrew and English with English subtitles.