A film screening of the documentary followed by a Q&A session with director and writer David Zlutnick. Running time: 84 min.
In the Fall of 2009 a group of US veterans and war resisters traveled to Israel/Palestine to meet with their Israeli counterparts in an effort to strengthen connections and share experiences. Occupation Has No Future uses this trip as a lens to study Israeli militarism, examine the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and explore the work of Israelis and Palestinians organizing against militarism and occupation.
Through conversations with Israeli conscientious objectors, former soldiers, and Palestinians living under occupation, Occupation Has No Future creates a survey of the current atmosphere in the State of Israel and the West Bank. The film explores the Israeli social environment that creates such heightened militarism and leads to attitudes of fear, exclusion, racism, and ultimately aggression; and examines the consequences of Israeli policies both for the Palestinian people as well as for Israeli civil society.
Additionally, this documentary looks at the Israeli anti-militarist movement and those Israeli youth refusing conscription, refusing orders, and choosing to partner with a growing grassroots Palestinian campaign of civil disobedience to defeat the occupation. Honest about the extremely daunting challenges, Occupation Has No Future ultimately tracks the hope of a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians to live together, free from occupation, with peace and justice.
David Zlutnick is a documentary filmmaker living and working in San Francisco. He has worked for many years in independent media, writing for publications including The Project Newspaper and Fault Lines: The Newsmagazine of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, and was a co-founder of The Friendly Fire Collective. His writing and video work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including CounterPunch, Truthout, ZNet, Democracy Now!, and many others. One of the founding members of Media Insurgente, he produced several short documentaries with this organization screened widely the US and internationally. He currently works on projects through Upheaval Productions, including his latest film Occupation Has No Future: Militarism + Resistance in Israel/Palestine (2010), Dos Americas: The Reconstruction of New Orleans (2008), and Down But Not Out (2006).
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