Sunday, September 25, 2011
Pay attention to Palestinian Peace ("Budrus")
David Hudson (Mubi.com)
(TEDtalksDirector) TED.com In 2003 the Palestinian village of Budrus mounted a 10-month-long nonviolent protest to stop a barrier being built across their olive tree groves. Did you hear about it? Didn't think so. Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha asks why we only pay attention to the violence the Israelis want focused on -- and not to the nonviolent leaders who may one day bring peace.
Conversations this International Day of Peace will this year undoubtedly be focused on Palestinians' bid for UN membership, the latest development in the decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict. Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha (BUDRUS) has spent years in the Middle East and, as she notes at the top of her recent TED Talk, one of the most common questions she's asked is, "Where are the Palestinian Ghandis?" More