Middle East Film Series Announced

Posted: April 6, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: April 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

The Middle East Etc. Film Club, the Middle East Studies Program, Global Interdisciplinary Programs and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies are cosponsoring a spring film series and guest speaker.


Wednesday, April 6, at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema

“Budrus” is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members 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.

Released in 2009, the film was directed by Julia Bacha. Running time is 70 minutes; languages spoken are Arabic, Hebrew and English. This presentation will include a speaker from Just Vision, a nonprofit that informs, connects and engages people in Palestinian-Israeli civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently.

“American Radical”

Wednesday, April 20, at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema

“American Radical” is the probing, definitive documentary about American academic Norman Finkelstein. A devoted son of Holocaust survivors, ardent critic of Israel and U.S. Mideast policy and author of five provocative books, including “The Holocaust Industry,” Finkelstein has been at the center of many intractable controversies and was recently denied tenure at DePaul University. Called a lunatic and disgusting self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational street-fighting revolutionary by others, Finkelstein is a deeply polarizing figure whose struggles arise from core questions about freedom, identity and nationhood.

Released in 2009, the film was directed by David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier. Running time is 84 minutes; the language spoken is English.

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