Movies that Matter x PAX: Objector
Special screening of the documentary Objector (Molly Stuart), in collaboration with PAX Power to the People and Movies that Matter. Prior to the film, writer Yael van der Wouden will give a literary introduction. After the film moderator Shula Tas will host a conversation with Yael and Thomas van Gool (senior Middle East expert for PAX) about the most pressing issues the film addresses. Why do so little Israeli youngster possess any knowledge on the occupation? How much impact does the increasing group of ‘objectors’ have on the public debate and Israeli politics? And, how effective is de cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli youth?
Parasite, traitor, coward! Those are some of the expletives directed at Atalya Ben-Abba and her fellow conscientious objectors to army service. Although most Israeli citizens over the age of 18 have to serve – women for 24 months – Atalya refuses. Her parents want her to join. They say it will teach her about the realities of Israeli society. But maybe they’re mostly afraid of what will happen when their daughter is ultimately sent to prison. As the pressure builds, Atalya considers the large price to pay for following her conscience.
Gripping and informative documentary about the role of the army in Israeli society, and a young woman’s search for dialogue and understanding – both between Israeli’s and Palestinians, and within Israeli society itself.
|Land||United States (US)|
|Release||23 sep 2020|