Seattle, WA (PRWEB) February 2, 2011
Typecast Releasing is proud to announce the acquisition of the documentary film BUDRUS, which will be released on DVD for the home video market on May 10, 2011. Directed by Julia Bacha and produced by Just Vision, BUDRUS has been called "the must-see documentary of the year" by The New York Times. The film has been screened at numerous film festivals, winning the Special Jury Prize at Tribeca and the Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival. BUDRUS is currently enjoying a successful nation-wide theatrical release.
"We are very happy to work with Just Vision again. BUDRUS is a landmark film that tells the unforgettable story of Palestinian villagers' heroic, nonviolent struggle to protect their land and their ancient olive trees." - John Sinno, President of Typecast Releasing.
"We are so proud to partner with Typecast Releasing for the BUDRUS DVD. They did a terrific job with our previous film, ENCOUNTER POINT, and we are confident they will bring the story of BUDRUS to households across America." - Ronit Avni, Producer/Executive Producer of Budrus and Founder and Executive Director of Just Vision..
When the residents of Budrus learn that the Israeli Army plans to build the Separation Barrier through their town, cutting them off from neighboring Palestinian villages and uprooting their precious olive groves, they decide to organize. Under the leadership of Ayed Morrar, Palestinian men of all political factions come together to wage an unarmed struggle to preserve their lands. Victory seems unlikely until Ayed's 15-year- old daughter steps in to organize a female contingent that brings the women of Budrus to the front lines in a tense stand-off with the military.
As word of the nonviolent protest spreads, Israeli citizens, international activists and Palestinians from other villages join the people of Budrus to demand that the Barrier be moved. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement that is still gaining ground today. Featuring interviews with unarmed demonstrators, Israeli soldiers, and the citizens of Budrus, this harrowing, action-filled, and ultimately inspiring documentary has given hope to audiences around the world with its story of the ground-breaking nonviolent movement spreading across the Occupied Palestinian Territories. BUDRUS has been described as "a poignant chronicle" (Variety) and "a powerful film filled with the kind of hope you rarely see around this issue" (Michael Moore).
About Typecast Releasing:
Founded in 2005, Typecast Releasing is a distributor and producer of quality independent films that challenge cultural and political assumptions about some of the under-represented peoples and cultures of the world. Typecast aims to present audiences with films featuring international perspectives and experiences not often explored in modern cinema.
About Just Vision:
Just Vision emerged in response to the lack of media coverage of Palestinian and Israeli civilians working to end the conflict and the occupation. While violent extremism receives front-page exposure, the courageous works of nonviolent leaders and peacebuilders are relegated to occasional human interest stories. Consequently, Just Vision works to ensure that these Palestinian and Israeli civic leaders are not only taken seriously as partners in the quest for peace, but are also more visible, valued, and influential in their efforts.
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