J Street recommends the following films since they show important perspectives on crucial issues affecting Israel's future and the two-state solution. We do not endorse specific viewpoints of the filmmakers or subjects portrayed in these films.

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Films Recommended for Programming



Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams
Yonathan and Masha Zur, 2009, 86 min.
This film delves into the persona of Amos Oz, opening a rare window of opportunity to experience the world as observed through the eyes of one of Israel's greatest authors; a man of whom it has been said, knows Israeli society inside out, especially since he is an outsider himself. The journey takes us through his biography, A Tale of Love and Darkness, his personal conversations, his meetings with readers here and abroad and archival material and cinematic imagery of his writing.
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Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace
Harry Hunkele, 2009, 96 min.
The true story of the peace accords between Israel and Egypt. Filmmakers take the audience behind the press conferences and into the smoke-filled backroom corridors of power during one of the world’s greatest historical moments—the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord and Treaty between Egypt and Israel. Shot on location in Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Austria, France, and the US, the film highlights the voices of Israeli, Egyptian, American and international players to illuminate this remarkable diplomatic achievement.
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Between Two Worlds
Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, 2011, 70 min.
A personal exploration of the community and family divisions that are redefining American Jewish identity and politics. The filmmakers’ own families are battlegrounds over how to relate to Israel, interpretations of the Holocaust, intermarriage, and a secret communist past. Filmed in the United States and Israel, this first-person documentary begins with a near riot at a Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco, reveals the agonizing battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus and shows the crackdown on dissent in Israel itself. 
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Beyond Inspiration
David Aslan, 2003, 40 mins.
This film takes a critical look at the events at Rutgers University during the Second Intifada, when communication broke down between supporters with opposing positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Have a discussion about preventing this kind of polarization and working towards change in a constructive way. 38 minutes.

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Budrus
Julia Bacha, 2009, 70 mins.
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely Palestinian community organizer, unites all Palestinian political factions and Israelis. Together, they wage a lengthy lunch-counter-sit-in-style unarmed struggle to save his village from destruction by Israels Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a womens contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. In the process, Ayed and Iltezam unleash an inspiring yet little-known movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. Budrus is an inspirational and action-filled documentary featuring archival footage of this movement from its infancy.
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Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace
Lilly Rivlin, 2006, 51 min.
This documentary explores the role of Israeli and Palestinian women peace activists dealing with one of the world's oldest conflicts. For decades, women peace activists have come together in their bereavement over the loss of loved ones and to demand a better future for their children and grandchildren. There is bonding, there is friction, there are differences of opinion. But most of all it is a story about women who have hope and keep on trying to hear each other and do not give up their work for peace.
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City of Borders
Yun Suh, 2009, 66 min.
In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. This award-winning documentary goes inside this underground sanctuary where people of opposing nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create an island of peace in a land divided by war. Through a colorful cast of characters from all walks of life, the film explores the effort to find and share a sense of community in spite of differences of religion and nationality.
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Encounter Point
Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha, 2006, 85 min.
Just Vision’s documentary about everyday leaders who refuse to sit back as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates. The film follows a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. Their journeys lead them to the unlikeliest places to confront hatred within their communities. The film explores what drives them and thousands of other like-minded civilians to overcome anger and grief to work for grassroots solutions. It is a film about the everyday leaders in our midst.
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Eyes Wide Open
Paula Weiman-Kelman, 2008, 60 min.
Sixty years after the founding of the Jewish State, cherished historical memories collide with complex modern realities. How do you build your own relationship to Israel? Veteran filmmaker Weiman-Kelman spent more than a year following a wide spectrum of American Jews on their journeys to Israel.
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Five Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, 2011, 94 min.
The first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature at the Oscars, this film is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank.
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The Gatekeepers
Dror Moreh, 2012, 97 min.
Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror—both Palestinian and Jewish—the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, is present at the crossroad of every major decision. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that all six came to reconsider their hardline positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution
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Home Front
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, 2011, four 8-min films.
Just Vision documents the courageous efforts of four individuals, two Israeli and two Palestinian, engaged in a remarkable nonviolent struggle in the heart of the world’s most contested city. Since 2008, dozens of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem have been evicted from their homes and displaced by Israeli settlers, and Israeli supporters from diverse backgrounds are joining Palestinian residents in their ongoing protests against the evictions. Home Front captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for a shared future in the city.
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Land of the Settlers
Chaim Yavin, 2005, 55 min.
This documentary is Israeli television anchor Chaim Yavin’s personal travelogue through the West Bank and Gaza, filmed during the Second Intifada. Shooting all of the footage by himself with a small handheld camera, the film was a daring undertaking. In addition to the personal risk involved, Yavin exposed himself to harsh criticism as a celebrated TV anchorman who took a stand against the settlers. Divided into five chapters, this film shows the realities of occupation and the toll on Israeli and Palestinian society.
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The Law in These Parts
Ra'anan Alexandrovicz, 2011, 101 min.
Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values? Since Israel conquered the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 war, the military has imposed thousands of orders and laws, established military courts, sentenced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, enabled half a million Israeli settlers to move to the occupied territories and developed a system of long-term jurisdiction by an occupying army that is unique in the entire world. The Law In These Parts explores this story through testimonies of the military legal professionals who were the architects of the system and helped run it in its formative years.
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My Neighbourhood
Just Vision, 2012, 25 min.
From the makers of Budrus, Encounter Point, and Home Front comes a film about a remarkable nonviolent struggle in the heart of the world’s most contested city. Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian teenager growing up in East Jerusalem. When Mohammed’s family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin peaceful protests and in a surprising turn, are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters. Mohammed comes of age in the face of unrelenting tension with his neighbors and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard.
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Searching for Peace in the Middle East
Lisa Gossels, 2010, 89 min.
Spanning seven years, this award-winning film follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding after participating in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. This heart and mind-opening film, from Emmy® Award-winning director Lisa Gossels (THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES), documents how the young women’s transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” in the U.S. and the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East. Through the coming-of-age narratives of Adi, Gal, Hanin, Inas, Rawan and Rezan, we see how creating relationships across personal, political and physical borders is a first step towards resolving conflict.
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The Price of Kings
Joanna Natasegara & Richard Symons, 2012, 79 min.
Shimon Peres – President of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin’s successor, and tireless advocate of Israeli security and peace – reveals the price of power across seven decades at the heart of the Middle East conflict. In an intimate portrait, he discusses the challenges of establishing peace, maintaining family life under a constant threat of assassination, facing untenable choices and building a nation. The film includes extensive interviews with his family, closest allies and adversaries ranging from Peres’ granddaughter; the fifth President of Israel, Yitzhak Navon, and former Palestinian Prime Minister, Ahmed Qurei. 
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Searching for Peace in the Middle East
Landrum Bolling, 2006, 30 min.
This film, sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace, is a vivid, compassionate portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through the voices of Israeli and Palestinian citizens of diverse backgrounds, it reveals their hopes and fears and explores the issues that divide them. It compellingly describes the common ground of yearning for peace, pointing the way toward a resolution of this tragic conflict that would meet the deepest needs of both societies. Landrum Bolling, a veteran peace-maker and the former President of Earlham College, has had a distinguished career as an advisor to world leaders and an advocate for peace.
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State 194
Dan Setton, 2012, 98 min.
n 2009, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched a plan to demonstrate that his people were deserving of statehood, inspiring them to change their destiny and seek UN membership. Since then, they’ve made remarkable progress, but the political quagmire threatens to destroy the most promising opportunity for peace in years. Others interviewed include Tzipi Livni, Sara Benninga, and Jeremy Ben-Ami.
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Waltz with Bashir
Ari Folman, 2008, 90 min.
Director Ari Folman employs vivid black-and-white animation in this Golden Globe-winning film, exploring the memory gaps in his life during his service for the Israeli army in the Lebanese war of the early 1980s. Recounting stories based on recorded interviews with colleagues and friends, Folman relives the horrors of war and dissects the curious coping mechanisms humans use to survive under brutal circumstances.
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Films Recommended for Personal Viewing


The 50 years War: Israelis and Arabs
David Ash and Dai Richards, 1999, 300 min.
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Ajami
Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, 2009, 125 min.
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Citizen Stan
Patty Sharaf, 2004, 62 min.
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Promises
Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg, and Justine Shapiro, 2001, 106 min.
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Strangers No More
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, 2010, 40 min.
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The Band's Visit
Eran Kolirin, 2006, 86 min.
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The Bubble (HaBuah)
Eytan Fox, 2006, 117 min.
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West Bank Story
Ari Sandel, 2005, 21 min.
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