Women in Black

Women in Black
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53 min

"This video documents the activities of Women in Black, a multinational organization that holds vigils for peace around the world, focusing on their efforts to promote a peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. We follow the London branch of Women in Black as they travel to the West Bank to form a human shield around Palestinian civilians. These feisty women, dubbed ‘Hell’s Grannies’ by the British press, also force an Israeli tank off the road, affixing a ‘Return to Sender’ notice on it, dismantle roadblocks around Palestinian villages, and engage in “tactical friendliness” with Israeli soldiers and settlers. The video also features interviews with members of the Israeli Women in Black, Jewish Israeli women who in 1988 founded the organization to protest their government’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, as well as Palestinians struggling to maintain normal family life while surrounded by tanks and snipers, a Jewish settler woman who voices fears for her family, and documents the impact of the recent siege on life in Bethlehem, and the harsh realities of everyday life in the Jenin refugee camp."

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