Encounter Point

Overview

Encounter Point takes a look at the growing grassroots peace movement among Israelis and Palestinians. Directors Ronit Avni, who is the founder and director of Just Vision, a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging grassroots peace organizations like those that are the focus of the film, and Julia Bacha, who co-wrote and edited Control Room, the acclaimed documentary about Al-Jazeera's coverage of the Iraq war, focus on several individuals who have responded to personal tragedies caused by the conflict by ...
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Overview

Encounter Point takes a look at the growing grassroots peace movement among Israelis and Palestinians. Directors Ronit Avni, who is the founder and director of Just Vision, a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging grassroots peace organizations like those that are the focus of the film, and Julia Bacha, who co-wrote and edited Control Room, the acclaimed documentary about Al-Jazeera's coverage of the Iraq war, focus on several individuals who have responded to personal tragedies caused by the conflict by becoming activists for peace. The subjects include Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian who served several years in Israeli prisons for his participation as a teen in the first Intifada, and whose brother was killed by Israeli soldiers; Robi Damelin, whose son, an Israeli soldier, was killed by a Palestinian sniper; Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian former militant who is now the supervisor of the Seeds of Peace center in Jerusalem; Tzvika Shahak, an Israeli whose teenage daughter was killed in a terrorist bombing in 1996; George Sa'adeh, a Palestinian whose own young daughter was killed by soldiers at a checkpoint when they mistakenly opened fire on his family's car; and Shlomo Zagman, a devoutly religious former settler who rejected his right-wing upbringing and left the territories in an effort to learn more about the conflict from the Palestinian side. The filmmakers profile these individuals and show them at work, trying to overcome the obstacles that the Israeli government, the media, and decades of ingrained antagonism have placed in their path.Encounter Point had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival.
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Special Features

More Than 1 Hour of Additional Features on the Road; Audience Reactions to Encouncter Point From Jerusalem to Dubai to New York and More!; Additional and Extended Scenes Filmmaker Audio Commentary; Film Subject Audio Commentary 4 Minute Trailer; Theatrical Trailer; Subtitles Available in English, Arabic, Hebrew, French and Portuguese.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
While there is no shortage of documentaries about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha's Encounter Point is unique for its cautious optimism. The film's most intriguing figure is Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian who has renounced the violence which was once a part of his life, despite all of the pain he and his family have endured at the hands of the Israelis. The other people profiled by Avni and Bacha have interesting and moving stories to tell. The feisty South African émigré Robi Damelin, whose family fought apartheid, and who has no problem confronting settlers and other right-wingers with their hypocrisy, is a particularly engaging figure. But Awwad's well-articulated pragmatic approach to the peace movement is something unique in documentaries on the subject. He points out that he's turned to nonviolence, not because he loves the Israelis "I don't have to love the Israelis to make peace with them" but because the tactics the Palestinians have been using for decades simply have not worked. He is devoted to the cause of education and eager to engage everyone he speaks to, whether it is Palestinian students or Israeli settlers. Distrusting the role of government, he spreads the word, for the most part ignored in the media on both sides, that there are people on the other side who want peace, and who believe that Israel and Palestine can live together side by side as two nations. Encounter Point is a fascinating document of his struggle, and of others who reject the violence and vengeance one might expect of them. Much like its subjects, it's filled with insight, warmth, and humor, despite the tragic stories it tells.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • UPC: 643519120298
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Typecast Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,067

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ali Abu Awwad Participant
Robi Damelin Participant
Shlomo Zagman Participant
Sami Al Jundi Participant
Tzvika Shahak Participant
George Sa'adeh Participant
Technical Credits
Ronit Avni Director, Camera Operator, Executive Producer, Producer
Julia Bacha Director, Camera Operator, Editor, Screenwriter
Daniel J. Chalfen Associate Producer
Tahir Kykhr Eddin Sound/Sound Designer
Mickey Elkeles Camera Operator, Co-producer
Alex Epstein Sound/Sound Designer
Darius Fisher Co-producer
Scott Freiman Sound/Sound Designer
Labib Jazmawi Camera Operator
Joline Makhlouf Producer
Jehane Noujaim Executive Producer
Nahanni Rous Producer
Kareem Roustom Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Encounter Point
2. Chapter 1 [3:20]
3. Chapter 2 [4:53]
4. Chapter 3 [5:08]
5. Chapter 4 [4:32]
6. Chapter 5 [6:23]
7. Chapter 6 [12:21]
8. Chapter 7 [6:49]
9. Chapter 8 [6:15]
10. Chapter 9 [8:42]
11. Chapter 10 [6:06]
12. Chapter 11 [:15]
13. Chapter 12 [:16]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Encounter Point
   Play Film
   Subtitle Selection
      English
      Arabic
      Hebrew
      Français
      Português
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      On the Road: Audience Reactions From Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, New York, Dubai and More!
      The Story Continues: Additional and Extended Scenes
         What Happened to Yousef?
         Shlomo: First Checkpoint Visit
         Bat-Chen's Poem
         Roni Hirshenson's Story
         Sarah Karajeh's Story
         Riyad Faraj's Story
      Audio Commentaries
         Filmmakers Talk About Encounter Point in English - Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha, Joline Makhlouf and Nahanni Rous
         Tzvika Shahak and Shlomo Zagman Talk About the Film in Hebrew
         Ali Abu Awwad and Joline Makhlouf Talk About the Film in Arabic
      Theatrical Trailer
      4 Minute Trailer
   Also Available on DVD
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