Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Settlers

2016, Shimon Dotan, Israel, 107 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 21st 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 22nd 5:15pm
  • Sun, Apr 23rd 3:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 24th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Apr 25th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 26th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 27th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere!

★★★★★ "Essential viewing...a troubling but well-presented and thorough examination of the settler conundrum facing Israel today." — Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

"A remarkable feat of access and explication...The real achievement here is in going beyond the buzzwords of newscasts and talking points to convey a sense of what’s happening on the ground — and to give it a sense of urgency." — Ben Kenigsberg, Variety

"Are you a settler?" "What is a settler?" Director Dotan begins his illuminating documentary by posing these questions to a series of Israelis living in West Bank settlements, and the diversity of responses he receives are a foretaste of the complexity and range of the film that follows. Since the Six Day War in 1967 opened the gates, Israeli settlers have been a ever-growing presence in the occupied territories on the other side of the so-called Green Line. To trace the history of the movement, Dotan calls upon experts, generals, officials, and displaced Arabs, but most of the film is given over to the settlers themselves, and much of what they say might be troubling even for many pro-Israel viewers. The settlers range from religious fundamentalists driven by a Messianic mandate to well-financed Christian evangelicals to the ultra-militant Hilltop Youth to middle-class Jews looking for cheaper real estate, but together, numbering 400,000 and counting, they pose a massive obstacle to peace in the Middle East. In Hebrew, English, and Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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