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KIPCOR film series continues with story of little-known nonviolent movement

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College and the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution continue examining through film issues related to Israel/Palestine with a screening of Budrus.

The award-winning documentary will air Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium. The film is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support the work of the KIPCOR, which has been sponsoring showings of similar films over the past 18 months.

Budrus tells of Palestinian community organizer Ayed Morrar’s attempts to unite local Fatah and Hamas members and Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save the village of Budrus from being destroyed by construction of Israel’s “separation wall.” Success eludes them until Ayed’s 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.

Working side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring and little-known movement in the Occupied Territories. The action-filled 2009 documentary chronicles the movement from its infancy and shines a light on people who have chosen nonviolence to confront a threat.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Julia Bacha (co-writer and editor of Control Room, about Al Jazeera, and co-director of Encounter Point, about the effects of violence on several different families in the Middle East) directed Budrus and produced it along with Palestinian journalist Rula Salameh and filmmaker and human rights advocate Ronit Avni.

This 77-minute film about one Palestinian village tells a bigger story about what is possible in the Middle East. Ayed succeeded in doing what many people believe to be impossible: uniting feuding Palestinian political groups, including Fatah and Hamas, while bringing women to the heart of the struggle and welcoming hundreds of Israelis to cross into Palestinian territory for the first time and join the nonviolent effort.

KIPCOR’s showing of Budrus is part of San Francisco-based Art with Impact’s film series. Art with Impact was founded with a mission “to connect people to global issues through art and media and provide them opportunities to share their voices and time in meaningful ways.” In particular, Art with Impact strives to help students and community members join together and effect change. For more about the film series, see www.artwithimpact.org/.

For more information about the showing of Budrus, contact KIPCOR at 316-284-5217.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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