You don’t have to know anything about the Middle East to become immersed in this courageous documentary by Shimon Dotan that investigates the situation both of the 400,000 Israelis who have chosen to live in the occupied West Bank settlements and of their Palestinian neighbors. The stark contrast between life inside the settlement outposts and the world outside dramatizes the conundrum. The motivations to become a settler range from pursuing a Biblical vision to taking advantage of a suburban real estate opportunity. What will it take to change the volatile situation when so many don’t see it as a problem? When the film became an official Sundance selection in 2016, Ben Kenigsberg wrote: “The real achievement here is going beyond the buzzwords of newscasts and talking points to convey a sense of what’s happening on the ground – and to give it a sense of urgency.” (Variety)
Screenings take place on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm. $4 suggested donation. Space is limited! Light refreshments served before each screening.
Take the 1 or R to Rector St.; 2-3 or 4-5 to Wall St.; J-Z to Broad St. or the A-C to Fulton St. Near the PATH train & buses. Call for directions, (212) 354-1252.