Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Films on Palestine, Occupation, and Apartheid

Where Should the Birds Fly?: A 25-year-old Gaza filmmaker records life in Gaza before, during and after the 2009 Israeli invasion with rare, live footage and a life-affirming account of herself and an 11-year old Gaza girl.  Not yet released.  58 min. Trailer at: 

Five Broken Cameras: Palestinian photographer ‘s Oscar-nominated filming  of occupation and resistance in Bilin, his village, over 5 years.  NY Times review  with trailer link: In wide release. Get DVD on Amazon

The Law in These Parts: Interviews with Israeli officers who set up and ran the legal system of the occupation treating Palestinians different from Israelis. Not yet released.
At:!/trailer see trailer, news (Awards) and press (52 reviews) 

Roadmap to Apartheid: Israeli/South African directors’ award-winning comparison of Palestinian and South African struggles. Narrated by Alice Walker. Get the DVD and see Roger Waters tribute at 94 min.  

Budrus: Award-winning film of protests by Palestinians joined by Israelis in village of Budrus. Israel’s relocation of wall demonstrates the power of nonviolent protest. 2009. Get DVD from website. 81 min

Last Shepherds of the Valley: Shepherds are trying  to survive settler & administration efforts to expel them. Watch: 47 min

Hard Crossings: Israeli checkpoints impact on life and economy in the West Bank and Gaza. Watch: 47 min

The War Around Us: The only two foreign reporters in the Gaza War live and report the experience.  Award-winning. In festivals, DVD out mid 2013. Trailer at:

Tears of Gaza: Terrible images from Gaza invasion by Palestinian photographers and Norwegian producers.  See trailer + 16 reviews + 2013 screening schedule at Not yet publicly available. 82 min.

One Family in Gaza: After the invasion, an American films one Gaza family narrating what happened and how they were affected.  Watch: 28 min.