Middle East Film Series presents ‘Encounter Point’ (Israel, 2006) on Thursday February 18, 2010

The Center for Middle East Studies in coordination with the Middle East Interest Group will be screening the film Encounter Poin (Israel 2006: 85 mins) on Thursday, February  18th at 7pm in 1101 Humanities. The film will be the second installment of the Spring 2010 Middle East Film Series. Directed by Palestinian director Ronit Avni, the film addresses personal accounts of overcoming differences across boundaries in Israel and Palestine. The film will be screened in Arabic with English subtitles.

Encounter Point is an 85-minute feature documentary film that 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.

For 2 years, the Just Vision crew followed the stories of ordinary people who feel driven to work for an end to bloodshed and occupation in favor of peace. We traveled from Tel Mond to Tulkarem, from Hebron to Haifa documenting the courageous, painful and moving stories of regular people who refuse to sit back as the conflict escalates. These civic leaders navigate suicide bombings and checkpoints to confront militancy on both sides, the wounded and apathetic masses.

Encounter Point has received awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and Hot Docs among others.

Click here for the event flier: EncounterPoint

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