Budrus: A Remarkable Documentary

Budrus is a find!  It is one of those documentaries that needs to be talked about and it will leave you thinking about your role as a bridge builder to peace for days. Why? Because it shares a story that is not commonly told: It documents a Palestinian village’s non-violent response to a wall being built on their land by the Israelis. It is the winner of numerous awards and was called “A Must See Documentary” by The New York Times.

The documentary’s main protagonist is Mr. Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, who unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems unlikely, that is, until Ayed’s quietly powerful 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly mobilizes to address the Israeli military.  With Israeli citizens sharing their humanity in the non-violent protests, we quickly learn that the media has not reported the entire story of the conflict over the years.

Here is the trailer for Budrus, followed by a short interview that I conducted with Nadav Greenberg, the Outreach and Programming Coordinator for Just Vision (an incredible educational organization that promotes the building of bridges between in Israel/Palestine.)

This film is a gold mine of countless lesson plans. Conveniently, Budrus just released the free forty page discussion guide that offers countless approaches to dialogue about subjects such as non-violent activism and the role of women.

We must continue to share stories about our world that promote a message that is not commonly shared in our media:  we CAN and MUST work together to build bridges to peace.  It is possible.  I firmly believe this.  And Budrus is a SHINING example of this.

You can purchase the film below.