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What would you do if someone took what was yours? At the border between Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Israeli government is building a separation wall that snakes through several Palestinian villages. Budrus, population 1,500, stands to lose 300 acres and 3,000 of the olive trees that are crucial to the town's survival. But husband and father Ayed—whose activistic behavior has landed him in prison before—is determined to act.

"We don't have time for wars," Ayed says. "We want to raise our families." Indeed, entire families become involved in the nonviolent protest, with Ayed's own teenage daughter standing with other women and young people literally at the front of the marches. Award-winning documentarian Julia Bacha's (Encounter Point, TFF '06) engagingly produces an inspirational film. Her raw, handheld video captures the chaos at the front lines as the Israeli soldiers' nightsticks start flying and their rubber bullets give way to real ones. Soon rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of Israelis are united peaceably behind the people of Budrus, allowing us a galvanizing glimpse into the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary changes in one of the most war-torn parts of the world.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 82 minutes
Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English
Country: USA, Israel, Palestine
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Ayed Morrar, Iltezam Morrar, Kobi Snitz, Yasmine Levy, Ahmed Awwad, Doron Spielman
Director: Julia Bacha
Screenwriter: Julia Bacha
Producer: Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha, Rula Salameh
Executive Producer: Ronit Avni, Jehane Noujaim
Directors of Photography: Shai Pollack, Monalisa Sundbom, Jonathan Massey, Julia Bacha, Riyad Deis, Mohammed Fawzi
Editor: Geeta Gandbhir
Composer: Kareem Roustom
Press Contacts
Special Note


The premiere screening and the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie panel are both hosted by
Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Sunday, April 25, 3:00 PM
@SVA Theater 2

Tribeca Talks: After the Movie
Join us for a conversation with director/producer Julia Bacha; producers Ronit Avni and Rula Salameh; Ayed and Iltezam Morrar, two of the Palestinian community organizers at the heart of the film; and Israeli activist Einat Podjarny. Moderated by Amanda Palmer, executive director of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

About the Director(s)
Julia Bacha is a New York-based Brazilian filmmaker who wrote and codirected Encounter Point, which premiered at Tribeca in 2006 and won five international awards. She also wrote and edited the critically acclaimed documentary Control Room (2004), which was nominated for a WGA Award.


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