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Budrus: A civil disobedience in the West Bank

By Melissa Bell

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There are certain films that linger in the back of your head, percolating as the days past. "Budrus" is one such film. It barely tips an hour and it follows the pattern of so many other documentaries: repression, overcoming odds and hope for the future. But it has stuck with me for a few weeks.

It is the story of a small town in the West Bank where Palestinians protested against plans to build an Israeli wall through the middle of their town. It tells of one Palestinian man pushing his small village to respond to Israeli soldiers with nonviolence, and his daughter leading the women to do the same.

Perhaps it hasn't left me because it really does feel like hope, in an otherwise constant stream of despairing news. Just this Tuesday, Israel defended its plans to build residential buildings for Israelis in East Jerusalem, against criticism from President Obama, Palestinians and the European Union.

But Budrus offers up a vision of what life could look like if Palestinians and Israelis worked together. The film has now become a tool to bring about that hopeful future faster: It is being shown in villages and towns in the West Bank to spur Palestinians to embrace nonviolence.

The Post's Ann Hornaday wrote in praise of the film in her review, though she wants to see a Hollywood remake, a sexy, action-packed one:

We're past due for the kind of electrifying, vicariously seductive portrait of nonviolence that eschews martyrdom for swagger, uplift for renegade glamour.

I'm not so sure I agree. I think this movie electrifies in its own quiet way. Here's the preview:

By Melissa Bell  | November 11, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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This was an excellent documentary and well worth seeing by as many people as possible here in the United States of all political persuasions and religions.

Posted by: cardona1 | November 12, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

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