Sometimes Western pundits have asked: Where are the Palestinian Gandhis? But when Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent protest and have been suppressed by Israeli occupation forces, Western pundits have been largely silent.
Budrus, a village of 1,500 residents, was determined to use peaceful protests to prevent the Israeli Defense Department from building a security fence that would separate the village from the rest of the West Bank.
There is a new political moment in Palestine and the Arab world, which allows a different discussion than in the past, and rehashing old shibboleths isn't likely to help the Palestinian people win their freedom.
The village of Budrus effectively organized a campaign of nonviolent resistance against Israel's plans to route its "Separation Barrier" through their village lands. Budrus is a compelling account of this successful experiment.
The honor of a prize for those "who speak truth to power" is ironically unfortunate. The need to speak such truth at all, to illustrate how selfish profit motives too frequently take precedence over the health care needs of real people, remains a tragedy.
It is a striking symptom of the moral depravity of the war in Afghanistan that night raids, one of the most hated aspects of the U.S. military occupation among the Afghans, has been the subject of almost no public debate.
In our new film Budrus, our protagonist, Ayed Morrar, achieved what policymakers and policy wonks believe to be impossible: He united Hamas, Fatah and Israeli allies to save his village from destruction.
Budrus is currently making the round of film festivals. Everyone who cares about the Middle East -- all of us who cling to the faint hope that the anger and violence can diminish rather than escalate - should see this inspirational movie.