Middle East Etc. Film Club, Middle East Studies Program, Global Interdisciplinary Programs & Center for Global Islamic Studies Present

The Middle East Etc.




WEDNESDAY APRIL 6 :: 2:00 PM - JC Cinema

 BUDRUS with speaker from Just Vision


Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat.


Year: 2009

Director: Julia Bacha

Running Time: 70 minutes

Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English



WEDNESDAY APRIL 20 :: 3:00 PM - JC Cinema



American Radical is the probing, definitive documentary about American academic Norman Finkelstein. A devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of Israel and US Mid-East policy, and author of five provocative books including “The Holocaust Industry,” Finkelstein has been steadfast at the center of many intractable controversies, including his recent denial of tenure at DePaul University. Called a lunatic and disgusting self-hating Jew by some, and an inspirational street-fighting revolutionary by others,

Finkelstein is a deeply polarizing figure whose struggles arise from core questions about freedom, identity and nationhood.


Year: 2009

Director: David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier

Running Time: 84 minutes

Language: English