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Budrus is a small town within the Palestinian territories along the Israeli border, where olive trees sustain its people. When Israel begins constructing a wall that would cut through the town—a security measure, according to the Israel Defense Forces—and destroy the cherished trees, one man, Ayed, leads his neighbors in a persistent yet peaceful resistance. The film, directed by Julia Bacha, chronicles this struggle from both sides: the young Israeli soldiers tasked by their superiors with securing the construction of the wall and the Palestinians who want to protect the trees and land that support them. The film succeeds in its extensive visual documentation of the resistance, from its organization, to its growth in numbers and diversity, to its conflicts and failures, and to its resolution. The camera is there at every moment, even when the conflict turns violent, lending authenticity and suspense. What isn’t offered is a thorough explanation from the Israeli side: Why did the wall need to be built in such a disruptive manner?
At 7:15 p.m.; also on Saturday, June 26, at 4 p.m. Both screenings at AFI Silver Theater 2.