About The Film
Cameras go inside the reclusive West Bank settlements for an up close and personal look at the controversial movement at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in THE SETTLERS.
Viewed by some as righteous vanguards of Zionism and by others as overzealous squatters, Jewish settlers have been establishing and expanding outposts in the Occupied Territories ever since Israel’s decisive victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. Condemned by the international community, their presence is seen as an oversized roadblock to the peace process. With unprecedented access, Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan immerses himself amongst these little known and often misunderstood people to scrutinize their motives, while intercutting interviews with historical and geopolitical context. What emerges is a troubling portrait of radicals and idealists on the fringe of Israeli society, and the fault lines of an age-old conflict.
THE SETTLERS was nominated for the Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary, as well as the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.