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Review: Budrus

A direct doc on the Palestine/Israel conflict
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 1, 2010
3.0 3.0 Stars


Simply shot and straightforward in its argument, this film from Brazilian documentarian Julia Bacha is an agitprop rallying cry for Palestinians living in the West Bank's Occupied Territories. Bacha was there for the 10 months of protests in the tiny town of Budrus (population 1500), when Israeli bulldozers arrived to make way for a wall separating Israel from the Palestinians. This wall would come into Budrus, skirting an elementary school and, more important, knocking down hundreds of date palms, the town's chief resource. Budrus's answer was a daily non-violent demonstration led by Ayed Morrar, an Assad moderate of Gandhi-like convictions. Budrus heats up along with the demonstrations, as Israeli peaceniks join the cause, and as the non-violence falls apart with Muslim stone throwing and Israeli army bullets. But Morrar, like the filmmaker, stands firm in his belief that pacifist resistance by Palestinians can alter the map of Israel.

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