March 21, 2011, 7:30pm
Film Screening: "Budrus"
Location: Ibrahim Pasha Theater - International House

Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film produced by Just Vision 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). 

For more information about "Budrus," and to watch the trailer, visit the Just Vision website at

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with a member of the Just Vision Team. Just Vision seeks to inform local and international audiences about under-documented Palestinian and Israeli civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently, through media, education, and discussion.

The Graduate School of Education, The GSE Student Government, The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, GAPSA, the Penn Arab Student Society, the Documentaries, the Law Program at Penn, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, and the Middle East Center.