With all the talk of documentaries on the site today, we should note that you can now live-stream the great documentary of anti-occupation protest, Budrus, thanks to a Sundance program. We published a couple of reviews of this excellent film two years back: “Please see Budrus,” by myself, and “Ayed Morrar, moral giant,” by James North. Here is the press release from Just Vision:
Just Vision is thrilled to announce the North America online release of its award-winning documentary Budrus through the Sundance Artist Services Program. Hailed in The New York Times as a “must-see documentary,” and featured in numerous international news outlets, including The Economist, Newsweek, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, and Charlie Rose, Budrus tells the story of an unlikely Palestinian community organizer who unites Palestinians of all factions and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success looks improbable until his daughter organizes a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.
The online release highlights a three-year outreach campaign that has brought Budrus to hundreds of venues around the world, from the Tribeca and Berlin film festivals, to Capitol Hill and the European Parliament, to Palestinian and Israeli schools, universities and youth programs. In recognition of the contribution the film has made to the debate on the role of nonviolence in the Israeli-Palestinian context, Budrus was recently awarded the prestigious PUMA.Creative Impact Award, given annually to the film that has had the greatest social or environmental impact over the past year. It was also the focus of a highly popular TEDTalk given at TEDGlobal 2011 by director Julia Bacha.
Budrus will be available in streaming format to viewers in North America starting on Tuesday, January 15th, on platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, SundanceNow, Vudu, XBox and Playstation. Starting February 15th, Budrus will also be available on Netflix and Hulu. Further information about the film and a trailer are available at www.justvision.org/budrus.
Budrus was created by Just Vision, a nonprofit organization that generates awareness and support for Palestinians and Israelis who pursue freedom, dignity, security and peace using nonviolent means. Just Vision tells their under-documented stories through award-winning films and educational tools that undermine stereotypes, inspire commitment and galvanize action. The Just Vision team is made up of Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American human rights advocates, conflict resolution experts, filmmakers and journalists, and has earned a reputation for leadership, credibility and excellence among diverse audiences. The organization engages tens of thousands of people in direct workshops, screenings and discussions, and touches millions more through the media. Founded in 2003, Just Vision is based in Washington DC, New York and Jerusalem.