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In Everybody's Interest

Alternet: Into this apparently hopeless situation comes Encounter Point, an award-winning feature film documenting the movements that bridge the Isra

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Into this apparently hopeless situation comes Encounter Point, an award-winning feature film documenting the movements that bridge the Israeli-Palestinian divide on the ground, among the people most affected. Filmmakers Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha (cowriter and editor of Control Room) have trained a refreshingly sharp eye on the detail and meaning in their surroundings as well as in their subjects -- a regrettably rare trait in a political documentary. But the question of why art and politics have filed for a separation is a different story.

The Bereaved Families Forum, a major focus of the film's energies, is comprised of families from both sides, all of whom have suffered the death of one or more loved ones to the conflict. Rather than resort to more violence, these people have each asked themselves, in one form or another, what Robi Damelin does in the film: "So what do you do with this pain? Do you take it and look for revenge and keep the whole cycle of violence going, or do you choose another path to prevent further death and further pain to other parents?" Read on...

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