This is a collection of some of the documentaries that you can watch to get a better depth and understanding of the Israel-Palestine situation.
It’s common knowledge that a coin has two sides to it. Same way every story does too. But usually, conflicts get chaotic and messy because there are too many perspectives floating around. And sometimes, we tend to take sides just too early without complete knowledge. Considering that we need to understand the Israel-Palestine conflict, these documentaries can be of help.
While no documentary can sum up the whole situation of conflict between Israel-Palestine, the need to study this conflict in-depth and get an understanding of it before you make any sort of opinion is important. And there are way too many documents, text, and documentaries available on the conflict. But to make an informed opinion, it’s necessary to study these cause everyone has their own perspective of the story.
These documentaries on Israel-Palestine will offer a deep insight into the perspectives of all sides of the conflict. They are a reliable source of study and a part of this according to their availability in the country. Maximum of them are available on YouTube but with one or two you would have to search a little more.
Tears Of Gaza
Directed by Vibeke Løkkeberg, Tears of Gaza is a 2010 Norwegian anti-war film about the Gaza War as seen through the eyes of a group of Palestinian children. From hospital bombings to the destruction of civilian spaces nothing gets spared and all through the eyes of children.
With God on Our Side
With God On Our Side takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israel.
5 Broken Cameras
Beginning in 2005, Palestinian Emad Burnet records his village’s resistance to the encroachment of Israeli settlements. This film is co-directed by Emad Burnet and Israeli Guy Davidi and depicts the demolish of the former’s village. Burnet shoots his son’s growth and everything going on around him but his camera is broken and then he goes to Davidi and together they piece the film together.
Life in Occupied Palestine
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American, gives her eyewitness perspectives on average citizens living in occupied Palestine. Baltzer spent 5 months in the West Bank working with the International Women’s Peace Service. Her presentation highlights how the Israeli government’s policies have drastically affected normal Palestinian life, and how this perspective has been omitted from most news.
Peace, Propaganda, and The Promise Land
Made by Sut Jhaly and Bathsheba Ratzkoff, this film explores what actually happens in the Middle East and how International Media covers it. It is also an examination of American and Israeli politicians’ influence on media coverage in the Middle East.
Palestine Is Still The Issue
In a series of extraordinary interviews with both Palestinians and Israelis, John Pilger weaves together the issue of Palestine. He speaks to the families of suicide bombers and their victims; he sees the humiliation of Palestinians imposed on them at myriad checkpoints and with a permit system not dissimilar to apartheid South Africa’s infamous pass laws.
The Process: Will the Palestine/Israel Conflict Ever End?
The story explores three stories – one of a spoilt teenager, a struggling mother, and a clueless misfit and their struggles of living in a land that was promised peace but is losing with each passing day.
Israel Vs Israel
One grandmother, one rabbi, one anarchist, and one ex-soldier – four Israelis trying to put an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories. The documentary, Israel vs Israel is a film about Jewish peace activists who in both words and actions take a stand again 40 years of occupation and illegal settlements.
David Rosenberg in the film examines the question ‘What is the reality of daily life in Gaza under Hamas and can a militant religious organization move from an international pariah to a meaningful political player?’ The film is filled with truthful bombs and explores life inside Gaza.
Budrus: It Takes a Village to Unite the Most Divided People on Earth
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.
Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority
This film follows the Palestine Israeli conflict by covering the effects it had on the people, especially the Israeli occupation, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This film tries to explain the situation in the best manner possible, why and how and what all it left behind as well.
Disturbing the Peace
A group of former enemy combats embark on a transformational journey from soldiers to non-violent peace activists.
The Birth of Israel
A documentary examining the events leading up to the Israeli war of Independence in 1948 and its continuing impact on Arab/Israeli relations and the implications for the Middle East peace process.
After watching these documentaries probably you would have a better understanding of the current situation between Israel-Palestine. They will hopefully help you get a deeper understanding of it and help you form a better opinion on it.