Film Screening: The Settlers
Date(s) - 02/03/2017
Join us for a screening of the film, The Settlers, about the Israeli settlements,
by Israel’s award-winning filmmaker Shimon Dotan
In the sanctuary of the UU Church at the top of the Common
Doors Open 6:30 pm, Film 7 pm, followed by Q&A, discussion, and refreshments.
Snow date: Friday, February 17
What and where are these Israeli settlements? Who are these settlers? The Settlers transports viewers to the settlements and offers the audience an opportunity to hear for themselves what many of the settlers think. While the focus is on the settlements, you’ll also hear from some Palestinians.
Filmmaker Shimon Dotan, a former Israeli Navy Seal, presents a comprehensive examination of the Israeli settlement communities, which sprang up after the 1967 Six-Day War and now are home to hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers amid a Palestinian population. The film consists of interviews, historical exposition and newsreel footage.
Asked who he hoped would be the audience for his new documentary Dotan replied, “All Israelis, all Jews and anyone with an interest in the Middle East.”
The US Congress plays a significant role in these settlements and our Senators are, at the time of this notice, debating about how they will vote on resolutions determining how we support or oppose these settlements. A related bill was just introduced in the MA Senate.
The audience is invited to participate in a respectful thoughtful conversation after the film, whatever your point of view. We hope to see you at the film and and hope you bring friends, family members, and neighbors who are curious about the settlements.
This event is sponsored by members of the UU Church in Harvard, MA
Co-sponsors: Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston
Massachusetts Peace Action,
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East – Massachusetts chapter
The Sundance Film Festival
The Settlers had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016. It is based on the official report of Talia Sasson, former head of the Israeli state prosecution criminal department that investigated 105 illegal Jewish settlements established in the West Bank and East Jerusalem between 1995 and March 1999. Dotan, a former Israeli Navy Seal, presents a comprehensive examination of these settlement communities, which sprang up after the 1967 Six-Day War and now are home to hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers amid a Palestinian population. The film consists of interviews, historical exposition and newsreel footage.
The first film of its kind to offer a comprehensive “view of the Jewish settlers in the occupied territories of the West Bank…an intimate look at those people at the core of the most daunting challenges facing Israel and the international community today as the Palestinians and Israelis resume talks again.” (Cinephil)
Asked who he hoped would be the audience for his new documentary Dotan replied, “All Israelis, all Jews and anyone with an interest in the Middle East.” This event is sponsored by members of the HUUC Community.