Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BUDRUS - See It!

If you live in Canada, and haven't seen it yet, don't miss this.

Budrus is a unique film: the first and only one so far, showing the Palestinian unarmed resistance movement to Israel land expropriations in the West Bank. Budrus was the first village to adopt this strategy, now copied in Nilin, Bilin, and numerous of other locales around the West Bank.

I saw it at last year's Toronto Hot Docs film festival. Now CBC will be showing it on national TV. I am frankly surprised - though pleasantly so - that CBC is showing this. I imagine they will get a lot of flack from the usual suspects in the organized Canadian Jewish community.

So mark your calendars.

Below is the press release about this showing.

Canadian TV Premiere on CBC's " The Passionate Eye"
Sunday January 30, 2011 - 10pm ET/PT
Just Vision is pleased to announce the Canadian television premiere of its new film, Budrus. Hailed in The New York Times as " this year's must-see documentary," and featured in major international news outlets, including Newsweek, The Economist, The Washington Post and on Charlie Rose, Budrus tells the story of a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites members of all factions along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction. Success looks improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.
Recently, Matthew Hays of the Montreal Mirror picked Budrus as the top must-see film of 2010. A trailer of the film as well as full press reviews are available at:

Winner of multiple prizes at top international film festivals, including Tribeca, Berlin and San Francisco, Budrus is produced byJust Vision a nonprofit organization comprised of an Israeli, Palestinian, North and South American team of journalists, filmmakers and human rights advocates. Just Vision creates film and multimedia materials to increase the power, legitimacy and exposure of Palestinians and Israelis working towards nonviolent solutions to the conflict.

Budrus will also be in Vancouver at the World Community Film Festival
Friday, February 11 at 7pm. For more info and tickets, please click

(h/t to Zatoun)


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