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Films on Palestine/Israel, Iraq, Middle East
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Details on these films can be found at the Web site of the distributor. Availability and prices may be subject to change.
Please send your suggestions for additions and changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 5 Broken CamerasDocumentary directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi. Nov. 2011
Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary (2013) An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit.
- 500 Dunams on the Moon2002. 48 min. Sale $25Documents the 1948 depopulation of the village of Ayn Hawd.
- Ali WallA year ago, Stop the Wall and www.itisapartheid.org began to collaborate on the first International Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest. This contest encouraged the local Palestinian and larger international community to submit short films on the theme of Israeli Apartheid. From the videos submitted, the top ten short films were chosen to be showcased on the website. The organizers say “the media, especially in the United States, does not report the truth about Israeli Apartheid. The contest is an attempt to engage young activists all over the world to use the creative resources of video to get the issue of Israeli Apartheid into the mainstream.”
The Palestine Jury prize was awarded to “Ali Wall” To view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahap7fXRP10&feature=player_embedded. For further information on the contest or to view more videos, visit: http://www.itisapartheid.info/ These powerful films are starting to circulate on the internet all over the world. There have been showing of the films, in the US, Canada, Turkey, Ireland and Australia
- Bedouin of Israel, The1998. 2 hrs. Sale $30Filmed by a Fulbright Scholar living in Israel for a year, this film provides a rare glimpse into the life of the migratory Bedouin people under Israeli rule. Much of their traditionally held land has been taken over by Israeli
- Bethlehem Diary57 min. Video. 2001. Sale $390. Rental $75.This film by Antonia Caccia focuses on two Palestinian families and a human rights lawyer around Christmas of 2000. The town of Bethlehem has been closed off by the Israeli army. Violence and economic uncertainty affect the lives of the people whose everyday lives we witness in this film. The film was featured in the 2002 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. www.icarusfilms.com email@example.com tel: 800-876-1710; fax: 718-488-8642
- Beyond the Mirage: The Face of the Occupation2002. 47 min.Produced by Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East (PO Box 1086, Santa Barbara, CA 93102
), this documentary is an attempt to hear from people who actually live in Israel and the Occupied Territories and get beyond what we read and hear in the American media.
- Bombing, The59 min. 1999. Video. Sale $390; Rental $75.A film by Simone Bitton. The personal stories of the victims, the bombers, and the grieving families after three Palestinian youths blow themselves up on a downtown Jerusalem street on September 4, 1997. The strength of the film lies in its presentation of viewpoints rarely seen or heard. It allows us to glimpse a complex, human reality usually hidden by sound bites, experts, and politicians. www.icarusfilms.com firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 800-876-1710; fax: 718-488-8642
- Budrus2010 JUSTVISION
It takes a village to unite the most divided people on earth. Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat. The movie is directed by award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (co-writer and editor of Control Room and co-director Encounter Point), and produced by Bacha, Palestinian journalist Rula Salameh, and filmmaker and human rights advocate Ronit Avni (formerly of WITNESS, Director of Encounter Point). Read more. http://www.justvision.org/en/budrus/about
- Checkpoint: The Palestinians After Oslo (1997)1997. 58 min. Sale $27.Directed by Tom Wright, this Studio 52 production documents the post-Oslo Peace Accord of 1993 situation. The film uses off-beat humor and historical insights provided by Palestinian and Israeli activist such as Naseer Arad and Hanan Ashrawi.
- Children of the Nakba26 minutes, 2005. Mennonite Central CommitteeFor Palestinians, the events between 1947 and 1949 are remembered as a time when Israeli military forces destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages and expelled between 700,000 and 900,000 Palestinians from their lands-about 85 percent of the Palestinian population at that time. These refugees have lived exiled from their land since then. Today Palestinians represent one-third of the global refugees and internally displaced population. Learn about the Palestinians who call these events the Nakba, an Arabic work meaning
- Close, Closed, Closure52 min. 2002. Video Sale $390. Rental $75.A film by Ram Loevy. Enclosed by an electric fence, the Gaza Strip covers 111 square miles. Lacking internal resources, it is one of the poorest places on Earth. Like a prison with one million inmates--that's how the people of Gaza regard their land. Shot in and around Gaza, the film shows the scars of 35 years of the Israeli occupation on both societies. www.icarusfilms.com email@example.com tel: 800-876-1710; fax: 718-488-8642
- Come SeptemberFeatures Arundhati Roy. 2002Arundhati Roy discusses the war in Iraq, U.S. foreign policy, the current situation in Palestine, and corporate globalization in this speech delivered in New York in September 2002. Since September 11, Roy has emerged as one of the most eloquent critics of the Bush administration's so-called war on terror. Arundhati Roy is the author of the Booker-prize-winning novel The God of Small Things, and of The Cost of Living and Power Politics. Her newest book, War Talk, is a collection of essays analyzing issues of war and peace, democracy and dissent, racism and empire. http://www.democracynow.org/roy.shtml
- Confronting the WallA year ago, Stop the Wall and www.itisapartheid.org began to collaborate on the first International Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest. This contest encouraged the local Palestinian and larger international community to submit short films on the theme of Israeli Apartheid. From the videos submitted, the top ten short films were chosen to be showcased on the website. The organizers say “the media, especially in the United States, does not report the truth about Israeli Apartheid. The contest is an attempt to engage young activists all over the world to use the creative resources of video to get the issue of Israeli Apartheid into the mainstream.”
The Global Jury prize was awarded to “Confronting the Wall” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4z06MlgdzQ&feature=player_embedded
- Crossing the Lines60 min. Video.Interviews with Israelis and Palestinians filmed during
- Degrees of Incarceration2009 / 59 minutes
Director: Amahl Bishara
Degrees of Incarceration explores the effects of political imprisonment on the Palestinian community of Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. Through observational footage and interviews filmed over the course of six years, the documentary traces how a group of youth are imprisoned for protesting against the building of the separation wall around their refugee camp and addresses how imprisonment changes their lives after their release. Scenes of the everyday ways families cope reveal the emotional intensity of this situation.
- Dehumanized in Gaza: The MovieFilmed between May 2000 and October 2001 by a Palestinian crew at the request of B'Tselem, human rights group in Israel.
- Dispatches: The Killing Zone2003. Sale: $10.A Channel 4 (UK) production on the shocking violence in the Gaza Strip, including the killing of peace volunteer Rachel Corrie.
- Dividing Wall, The23 minutes, 2004. Mennonite Central CommitteeThis video explores the humanitarian, social and political impact of the Israeli-built
- Encounter in Ramallah53 min. Video. Sale $295. Rental $75.In 1996 two soldiers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, fire their automatic weapons, wounding each other. The film traces how these two
- Frontiers of Dreams and Fears2002. 58 min. Sale $43.95Filmmaker Mai Masri traces the friendship that evolves between two Palestinian girls: Mona, from a Beirut refugee camp, and Manar, an occupant of Bethlehem's Al-Dheisha camp under Israeli control. The film focuses on the plight of Palestinian children. The film won First Prize Documentary at the International Festival of Films by Women (Turin, 2002).
- Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family.New Day Films, 22D hollywood Ave., Hohokus, NJ 07423. Tel: 888-367-9154. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.newday.com. 82 min. 1984.Even as the political status of Gaza and the West Bank evolve, the uncertainties and harshness of land confiscations and military occupation remain key. Produced in 1984, Gaza Ghetto explores the very issues that caused the first intifida and continue at the heart of the conflict.
- Gaza Strip74 min. 2002.U.S. documentary filmmaker James Longley traveled to the Gaza Strip in January 2001. He stayed for more than 3 months, shooting over 75 hours of material. Filmed in verite syle, Gaza Strip covers the first major armed incursion into Area A by IDF forces and focuses on the realities of Palestinian life and death under Israeli military occupation. Arab Film Distribution, 10035 35th Avenue NE, Seattle WA 98125 www.arabfilm.com
- Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her TimeMai Masri, 1995, 50 minutes.In this very personal portrait, Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri profiles Hanan Ashrawi, exploring how she manages to juggle her responsibilities as political activist, writer and mother - against the backdrop of challenges facing the Palestinians in the struggle to build a viable state. www.palestineonlinestore.com
- Hidden WarsJusticeVision, 1425 W. 12th St., #262, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Tel: 213-747-6345 email: email@example.com Web: http://www.justicevision.org.Documented material on the Gulf War. Interviews with Ramsey Clark (former U.S. Atty. General), Denis Halliday (former UN official in Iraq), Phyllis Bennis (Institute for Policy Studies), Scott Ritter ( former member of UNSCOM), Dr. Labib Kamhawi, (president of Human Rts. Assn. of Jordan), Michel Haj (journalist), and others.
- Holy Land: Common Ground2008, 87 Min.A documentary feature by Ed Gaffney and Alicia Dwyer. Home is the most important place in the world. In three stories about homes, Israelis and Palestinians show that the things they want in their homes are the same things we want in ours: safety and security, joy and relaxation, comfort and nurture. These aspects of home life are not just desirable for some. They are essential for all. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Human Weapon54 min. 2002. Video Sale $390. Rental $75.Directed by Ilan Ziv, the film provides an indepth examination of the complexity of the suicide bombing phenomenon. Filmed in Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Europe, and the United States, Human Weapon interviews key militants and supplements dramatic footage with powerful human stories. The film is not primarily concerned with suicide bombing as a part of a particular conflict but rather it tries to understand how this weapon unleashes a different kind of warfare. www.icarusfilms.com email@example.com tel: 800-876-1710; fax: 718-488-8642
- ImagineMove the Rock Productions, Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East, (PO Box 1086, Santa Barbara, CA 93102 www.ajpme.org ).Imagine . . . you were a student in the West Bank.
- In the Line of Fire47 min. Video. Sale $325. Rental $75This film exposes the harsh reality of covering news from Israel and the Occupied Territories. The documentary follows two Reuters cameramen, Mazen Dana and Nael Shyoukhi, as they work in the West Bank city of Hebron. Although they try to stay on the sidelines, journalists often find themselves the target of attack by the Israeli army. After years of being the object of violence themselves, the Hebron cameramen decided to compile a video archive of beatings, shootings, and humiliation they have endured. For the first time this video archive is brought to light in this film. Israel's army has investigated only a handful of cases despite vigorous lobbying from The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Sans Frontiers and the Foreign Press Association in Israel. www.filmakers.com firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 212-808-4980; fax: 212-808-4983
- In Whose Interest?27 min. 2002. VHS public performance purchase $195, rental $45Filmmaker David Kaplowitz questions the effects of U.S. foreign policy over the past 50 years. Revealing a pattern of intervention, the film focuses on Guatemala, Vietnam, East Timor, El Salvador, and Palestine/Israel. Archival footage, photographs, and media tidbits are interwoven with personal accounts and commentary. Recommended for use with grades 10-12, college, and adult audiences. Bullfrog Films, www.bullfrogfilms.com 1-800-543-3764 email: email@example.com
- Iron Wall, TheDocumentary directed by Mohammad Alatar.Following the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, more than 200 settlements and outposts have been built in these territories, in violation of international law. The Iron Wall exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, and population of the settlements, reveals how their construction has been a cornerstone of Israeli policy, and demonstrates how the Wall secures them as permanent and irreversible facts on the ground. Released April 2006. 2nd Ed. November 2006. 52 Minutes. Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew, with English subtitles. Official Selection, Al-Jazeera Television Production Festival. PalestineOnlineStore.com
- Israeli Wall in Palestinian Lands, TheAndrew Courtney and Emily Perry, 2004, 43 minutes.In this film, Palestinians from different walks of life are asked how the wall affects them. They include a businessman from Abu Dis, a young mother from Dheishe Refugee Camp, a music student from Ramallah, a community center director from Jerusalem, a farmer from northern Qalqilya, the director of the Stop the Wall campaign, and a member of the African-Palestinian community.
- Jenin Jenin54 min. 2002 Winner: Carthage Int'l Film Festival Best FilmThe film, directed and co-produced by Palestinian actor and director Mohammed Bakri, includes testimony from Jenin residents after the Israeli army's April 2002 attack on the refugee camp. The operation ended with Jenin flattened and scores of Palestinians dead. Banned in Israel, Jenin Jenin is dedicated to Iyad Samudi, the co-producer of the film. On June 23 he was shot and killed by Israeli forces in besieged Yamun.
- Jerusalem: East Side StoryDirected by Mohammed Alatar. 57 min. Official site: www.eastsidestory.psThe latest shipment of history is the Israeli occupation. In 1948, the western part of the city fell under Israeli control; in 1967, the eastern part fell under Israeli occupation. Since then, Israel has pursued a policy of Judaizing the city, aiming to achieve “Jewish demographic superiority.” Part of this policy is to drive Palestinian Muslims and Christians out of the city; denying their presence, history, and ties to the land. The documentary takes you on a journey exposing Israel’s policy to gain supremacy and hegemony over the city and its inhabitants. It also touches on the future of the city: Jerusalem is the key to peace; without Jerusalem, there is no peace for anyone. The film includes interviews with Palestinian and Israeli leaders, human rights activists and political analysts.
- Laila's Birthday2008. Director, Rashid Masharawi. 72 min. In Arabic with English SubtitlesShowing the confusion, frustration, absurdity, and coping mechanisms of life in contemporary Ramallah through the eyes of a taxi driver, wry, comic drama Laila's Birthday is strong political entertainment leavened with finely tooled irony. The protagonist is former judge Abu Laila who is forced by financial considerations to drive his brother-in-law’s cab. A proud intellectual with a by-the-book sense of law and order, Abu is constantly aggrieved by the chaos and lack of courtesy that surrounds him. From passengers not fastening their seatbelts to disputes over smoking in the cab, Abu survives the course of one long day, as a series of passengers and their destinations highlight internal Palestinian political divisions and persistent problems caused by Israel. Although symbolizing something more serious, these encounters feature sardonic dialogue and excellent comic timing. By the film’s pitch-perfect ending, Abu isn’t exactly ready to accept Allah’s justice over situations that are created by man, but he’s become more skilled in the art of accommodation.
Electronic Intifada film review: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9899.shtml
New York Times film review: http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/05/27/movies/27lail.html
- Lemon TreeDirector, Eras Riklis, 106 min.Winner of Audience Award, Berlin 2008. "Directed by Eran Riklis, Lemon Tree stars Hiam Abbass (who was wonderful in The Visitor) as Salma Zidane, a 40-something Palestinian widow who makes a meagre living from her beloved lemon grove, on the border between Israel and the West Bank. However, when the Israeli Defense Minister (Doron Tavory) moves into the house next door, his security team are quick to point out that terrorists could hide in the trees, so the Minister orders that the lemon grove be cut down. Horrified at the Minister’s decision, Salma enlists the aid of Ziad Daud (Ali Suliman), a young Palestinian lawyer, and together they take the case all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and protect the trees. Meanwhile, Salma finds both an unexpected ally in the Minister’s lonely wife, Mira (Rona Lipaz-Michael) and an even more unexpected romance with Ziad." – Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
- Lines in the Sand12 min. 1991. Donation $10-$15Exposé of the Pentagon's media coup during the 1991 war with Iraq. Featuring footage shot in Iraq right after the war, the film furthers the debate on how the Pentagon managed the news to manipulate public opinion. It traces the evolution of miliatry press and information control strategies from Vietnam through Central America in the 80s to the Persian Gulf war. AFSC Video & Film Library, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140; Tel: 617-497-5273 http://www.afsc.org/nero/bigcat/mideiraq.htm
- Mahmoud Darwish: As the Land Is the LanguageSimone Bitton, 1997, 60 minutes.This film, which follows Darwich from the Cisjordanian desert to Paris via Cairo and Beirut, tracing the path of his exile from Israel, sets out to understand this popular fervor and share the emotion distilled by Darwich's words and inimitable rhythm. It not only allows the viewer to appreciate his work in its totality, but also places it in a political, historical and cultural context. www.palestineonlinestore.com
- MiralDirector Julian Schnabel ; 87 minutes; PG-13; English; Feature Film based on autobiographical book;
From Julian Schnabel, director of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” comes "Miral," the visceral first-person diary of a young girl growing up in East Jerusalem as she confronts the effects of occupation and war in every corner of her life. The film presents a moving portrait of women whose personal stories are woven into the bigger history unfolding around them, and a starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. For more information: http://www.miralmovie.com
- Naji Al-Ali: An Artist with Vision52 min. 1999. Video. Sale $390. Rental $75.The late Palestinian cartoonist Naji Al-Ali was an uncompromising critic of a regressive Arab political culture and of Western intervention in Arab affairs for over 30 years. He was shot and killed in London in 1987. It has not been revealed-after extensive investigation by Scotland Yard and by MI 5, whether he was murdered by the Mossad or the PLO. www.icarusfilms.com firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 800-876-1710; fax: 718-488-8642
- Occupation 1012007A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict - 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets. The film covers a wide range of topics -- which include -- the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880's, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy. Occupation 101 features a leading list of some of the most credible Middle East scholars, historians, peace activists, journalists, and humanitarian workers. More information at: www.occupation101.com
- Palestine Is Still the Issue53 min. Video. 2002. Sale $25. Rental $85. Sale to grassroots groups: $39.00 plus shipping.In 1977 award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger made a documentary on Palestine. In 2001 he returned to the West Bank and Gaza, and to Israel, to film this documentary. He asks why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the UN more than 50 years ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo: refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times. He asks what this denial of basic human rights means to the region and to the wider world. Bullfrog Films, www.bullfrogfilms.com 1-800-543-3764 email: email@example.com
- Palestine: Story of a Land, Parts 1 and 260 min. each part. Video. First Run/Icarus. Two-part film by Simone Bitton.
- Paradise Now90 min. feature film. 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globes; Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.Paradise Now follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. Shot on location in both Palestine and Israel, PARADISE NOW is an enthralling drama about the possible motivations and actions of two suicide bombers. Director Hany Abu-Assad meticulously researched the subject before co-authoring the script with colleague Bero Beyer, and fought off a few armed Palestinians in Nablus, which is where the bulk of the film's shooting took place. The story follows two young Palestinian men, Said (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman), whose lives in the West Bank city have ground to a halt. But when a shadowy figure named Jamal (Amer Hlehel) offers them a shot at martyrdom by carrying out a suicide attack in Tel Aviv, the two men's lives are suddenly invigorated. The film follows their final days, as they grapple with their consciences, visit family and friends--and in Said's case, a young woman he has been flirting with--and prepare for the attack. But they find both practical and emotional issues stand in their way, leading to an anguished and entirely moving finale to Abu-Assad's film. In Arabic w/ Optional English, Spanish, French Subtitles. Director: Hany Abu-Assad
- Paying the Price: Killing the Children74 or 48 min. Video. 2000. Long version: Sale $275, Rental $95 Short version: Sale $225, Rental $75. Sale for grassroots groups: $39.00 plus shipping.Journalist John Pilger investigates the effects of UN sanctions on the people of Iraq. He takes the former UN Asst. Secretary-General, Denis Halliday, back to the crippled country for the first time since Halliday quit in protest of the sanctions in 1998. Ten years of extraordinary isolation have killed more people in Iraq than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Bullfrog Films, www.bullfrogfilms.com 1-800-543-3764 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land80 minutes, 2004, Media Education Foundation. www.mediaed.org.Provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics. Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky.
- People and the Land1997. 57 min. Sale $25.00 - A film by Tom Hayes.The filmmaker airdrops viewers into the universe of an occupied people, unreeling images of a new form of apartheid based on ethnicity. Challenging U.S. foreign policy and the conventions of the documentary form itself, the film examines the concrete realities of Israel's conduct in the West Bank and Gaza, the level of U.S. support for that conduct through foreign aid, and the human cost of that aid in Palestine and the U.S.
- Portrait of Edward Said,Emmanuel Hamon, 2002, 54 minutes.This intimate documentary offers a glimpse at some of Edward Said's final reflections on the themes that dominated his life's work. Known as one of America's great contemporary intellectuals and a prominent spokesperson for the Palestinian cause in the United States, Said died in September of 2003 at the age of 67. Shortly before his death, a French film crew spent several weeks with him and his family. www.palestineonlinestore.com
- Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times60 min. 2002. Video.Power and Terror presents the latest in Noam Chomsky's thinking through interviews and talks he gave during the spring of 2002. As he has done countless times since September 11, Chomsky places that terrorist attack in the context of American foreign intervention throughout the postwar decades--in Vietnam, Central America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Beginning with the fundamental principle that the exercise of violence against civilian populations is terror, regardless of whether the perpetrator is a well-organized band of Muslim extremists or a powerful state, Chomsky challenges the United States to apply to its own actions the moral standards it demands of others. www.icarusfilms.com email@example.com tel: 800-876-1710; fax: 718-488-8642
- Rachel - An American ConscienceYahya Barakat, 2005.This documentary offers rare footage of Rachel talking to a camera and describing Israeli human rights violations against a Palestinian civilian population. The film opens with grim images of dinasaur-like Caterpillar bulldozers turning urban Rafah into a garbage pile of destroyed buildings. It continues with interviews of Rachel's fellow International Solidarity Movement volunteers, and concludes with comments from her parents. www.palestineonlinestore.com
- Rana's WeddingHany Abu-Assad, 2002, 90 minutes.Shooting on location in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and at checkpoints in-between, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (Ford Transit) sees the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman who, with only ten hours to marry, must negotiate her way around roadblocks, soldiers, stonethrowers, overworked officials ... and into the heart of an elusive lover. www.palestineonlinestore.com
- Right to a Home and a Homeland, The20 min. Video.The film describes not only the terrible impact home demolitions have had on Palestinians, it also outlines the Rebuilding Homes Campaign's international movement to rebuild Palestinian homes and to encourage peace through strategic Palestinian and Israeli cooperation. It is designed especially for home audiences to encourage financial support for this joint Israeli-Palestinian effort (Global Exchange in San Francisco is the group's U.S. fiscal sponsor). www.rebuildinghomes.org
- Road Map to ApartheidA year ago, Stop the Wall and www.itisapartheid.org began to collaborate on the first International Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest. This contest encouraged the local Palestinian and larger international community to submit short films on the theme of Israeli Apartheid. From the videos submitted, the top ten short films were chosen to be showcased on the website. The organizers say “the media, especially in the United States, does not report the truth about Israeli Apartheid. The contest is an attempt to engage young activists all over the world to use the creative resources of video to get the issue of Israeli Apartheid into the mainstream.”
The Expert Panel Prize and Overal prize was awarded to Road Map to Apartheid. To view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPvwj6t_B_Q&feature=player_embedded
- Sacred Space Denied: Bethlehem and the Wall25 minutes, 2005. Peter J. Nagle, Friends of Bethlehem. Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe DVD gives an excellent visual record of the reality of the Wall around the Christian triangle (Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Jala) and the ominous presence of the encroaching settlements. The film provides an informative report on the Wall and how it impinges on the right of the Palestinian residents.
- Salt of the Earth: Palestinian Christians in the Northern West BankAvailable in DVD, in Arabic with English subtitles. The DVD is multi-regional, NTSC format.Marthame and Elizabeth Sanders lived in the mostly Christian Palestinian village of Zababdeh from August, 2000, through December, 2003. Volunteers with the Presbyterian Church (USA), their ministry was one of ecumenical support to the Church in the land of its birth. Salt of the Earth documents the lives of nine Palestinian Christians living in the northern West Bank. This film grew out of a desire among their Palestinian neighbors to share their stories, and a desire among Christians in the West to hear them. The Sanders describe the project as
- Settlers, The52 min. 2001. Video. Sale $390; Rental $75. A film by Ruth Walk.In the midst of the densely populated Palestinian city of Hebron in the Occupied Territories, a seven Orthodox families and their 43 children constitute the Jewish settlement of Tel Rumeida. The community refuses to acknowledge the existence of their Arab neighbors. Despite the settlers' distrust of the media, the filmmaker built trust relationships with the families. The resulting accessibility provides a unique insight into their lives and psychology. www.icarusfilms.com email@example.com tel: 800-876-1710; fax: 718-488-8642
- Shape of the Future, TheCommon Ground Productions, www.sfcg.org Produced by John Marks.In July 2005, Shape of the Future became the first TV series ever simultaneously broadcast on Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab Satellite TV. The series explores-on a very human level-how Israelis and Palestinians might make peace. The emphasis is on building the future, not on reliving the past.
- Speaking of PeaceSale $195. Rental $55.Israelis and Palestinians, working on issues of human rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories, speak about the abuses of the Israeli military occupation: torture in interrogations, confiscation of land, and the destruction of Palestinian homes. 32 min. Video.
- Stuck with the Truth30 min. 2002. Video Sale Can$30; US$10; Leader's and study guides included.This video is based on the February 2001 Sabeel international solidarity gathering in Jerusalem and includes clips from conference speakers, interviews with key Sabeel members, scenes from worship services, and background footage of Palestinian communities in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The film is intended primarily for the education of faith groups seeking insight into the conflict in Israel/Palestine, with the hope that viewers will be inspired to become active in striving for justice and peace for the region. Canadian Friends of Sabeel, 3 Sandstone Court, Ottawa, ON K2G 6N5 Canada, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also available from Friends of Sabeel-North America, PO Box 9186, Portland, OR 97207 USA. Ph: (503) 653-6625 email@example.com.
- Sucha Normal Thing2004. 60 min. (VHS) NTSC $20, (VHS) PAL TBA, DVD $20 + $4 Shipping/handling.In October 2003 Rebecca Glotfelty and 6 others from Traverse for Peace in northern Michigan traveled to Occupied Palestine (West Bank). During their 4-week tour, including visits to Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya, Ramallah, Jerusalem and numerous small villages, Glotfelty interviewed both Palestinians and Israelis regarding the economic, social, and political situation in both Israel and the West Bank. The documentary captures the uncertainty of a
- Tragedy in the Holy Land - The Second UprisingDenis Mueler, 2002, 71 minutes.Tragedy in the Holy Land: The Second Uprising covers the origins of the dispute between the people of this region and offers a rare look at the confrontation from a Palestinian point of view, with profound remarks and insight from Palestinians, Jews and other noted scholars. The film addresses the core issues of land and identity, and probes the evolution of the conflict from a historical perspective. www.palestineonlinestore.com
- Way to Peace: There is Leadership in Palestine, TheFilm by Betsy Mayfield of the Sabeel Iowa group.This film provides an overview of our regional conferences with Palestinian and Israeli speakers, footage of life under occupation and much more. $15 for DVD includes shipping. Mail to: Friends of Sabeel, PO Box 9187, Portland, OR 97207