The award-winning documentary film Encounter Point portrays grassroots movements that are planting signposts of reconciliation amidst the vengeance and violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Bereaved Families Forum, for example, is comprised of families from both sides from which one or more members have been killed in the violence. They are facing the questions which one of them expresses in the film: “So what do you do with this pain? Do you take it and look for revenge and keep the whole cycle of violence going, or do you choose another path to prevent further death and further pain to other parents?”
In one segment, Ali Abu Awwad, whose brother was killed by an Israeli soldier, advocates nonviolence in a discussion with a group of skeptical young fellow Palestinians. In response to one who insists that Palestinians must have “resistance and war,” Ali responds: “I am resisting too. I have to resist. But the form of my resistance is different. Because, think about it: a just cause like ours is being called terrorism. We’ve never been terrorists – but you must convince the world that you are not.”
This segment, along with a report by journalist Evan Derkacz, can be seen at AlterNet: http://www.alternet.org/story/44920/. Additional segments, screening information and much more at the film’s web site: www.encounterpoint.com .
The film makers, pictured left to right:
Julia Bacha, co-director and writer/editor, recently co-wrote and edited the critically-acclaimed documentary, Control Room, about Al Jazeera, for which she was nominated to the 2005 Writer’s Guild of America Award.
Nahanni Rous, producer, played a key role in selecting, interviewing and building relationships with Encounter Point’s film subjects, and in shaping the film throughout the editing process.
Joline Makhlouf, producer, is the East-Jerusalem-based project co-manager at Just Vision. She has worked as a facilitator at Face to Face/Faith to Faith, Building Bridges for Peace and Seeds of Peace, all of which bring together youth from conflict zones around the world.