"Operation Cultural Bridge"
U.S.A. / 2006 / English, Arabic, Hebrew dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 85 minutes
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For the last four years, in the face of devastating violence and pain, thousands of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians have stepped forward to demand an end to bloodshed and a timetable for lasting peace. Though they outnumber the militants on both sides, their voices are continually drowned out by sensational, explosive headlines. Encounter Point tells their story. These people have lost public standing, their safety, even their homes or children. Yet all have rejected the endless cycle of retaliation to promote meaningful dialogue. Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha's subjects - a bereaved Israeli mother, an Israeli settler, a convicted Palestinian fighter and a wounded Palestinian ex-prisoner - must all overcome their anger and grief to initiate a new consensus for peaceful co-existence. Encounter Point is about hope, courage and, implicitly, silence - the silence of journalists and politicians who disregard vital Palestinian and Israeli grassroots peace efforts. As Robi Damelin, the bereaved Israeli mother, states: “there is no pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian. There is only pro-solution.”


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