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Palestinians and Israelis working together to end bloodshed is the focus of Encounter Point
Palestinians and Israelis working together to end bloodshed is the focus of Encounter Point
by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN A&E Writer

Encounter Point
A documentary by Ronit Avni & Julia Bacha, Just Vision Films, U.S.A., 2006, 89 minutes
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380, www.nwfilmforum.org
Playing: December 5-7, Tuesday-Thursday, 7 PM, Wednesday-Thursday also at 9:15 PM


The documentary Encounter Point follows the efforts of Palestinians and Israelis who are working together to end violence through the Bereaved Family Forum. This group is comprised of 250 Palestinian families and 250 Israeli families who have all suffered deaths and injuries due to the continuing, generations' long struggle and violence between their cultures.

They have overcome great pain to work together towards peace and non-violence. The film features poignant accounts of committed individuals who are leading the way, including Robi Damelin, an Israeli mother, whose soldier son was killed by a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian, had been shot in the leg by an Israeli settler, his brother was killed by an Israeli soldier, and he spent 4 years in prison for protesting the Israeli occupation before he rose above revenge to advocate Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent resistance.

The determination of the films subjects remains constant in a surrounding atmosphere of adversity and injustice. Their drive for mutual understanding and reconciliation is inspirational.

This is an eye-opening film that helps the viewer have a better, more pragmatic understanding about the complexity of life, strife and history between these two cultures.

Encounter Point was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary in the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival and was an official selection in numerous international film festivals including: Tribeca, Vancouver, B.C., Jerusalem and Rio de Janeiro.

Filmmaker Julia Bacha, who also co-wrote and edited the critically acclaimed documentary Control Room, will be in Seattle during the films run to lead a workshop: "Documentary Filmmaking with a Purpose" on Wednesday, December 6th, 2 PM, at the Northwest Film Forum. Call 206-329-2629 for more information on the workshop or to register.

For more information about this remarkable documentary, Encounter Point, visit www.encounterpoint.com.

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