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BOYCOTT

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Director JULIA BACHA (US 2021) 73 min

A critical investigative documentary that reveals the grossly underreported story of anti-BDS legislation that is sweeping through state legislatures in the U.S., undermining the First Amendment and causing real harm to those who stand up for their right to free speech. (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions is a movement organized by the Palestinian BDS National Committee in response to Israel’s human rights record.) The effects of these bills, which coerce individuals and companies into signing what is tantamount to a loyalty oath against the BDS movement, are far more wide-reaching than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and directly undermine the First Amendment. This film follows three individuals — a publisher in Arkansas, a lawyer in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas — who risk their livelihoods to fight for our freedom of speech rights and expose the powerful political entities behind these insidious anti-boycott laws.

IN PERSON: Producer SUHAD BUBAA

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DIRECTOR

JULIA BACHA is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker and the Creative Director at Just Vision. She started her filmmaking career in Cairo, where she wrote and edited Control Room (Sundance 2004), for which she was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award. Originally from Brazil, Julia is a Documentary Branch Member of AMPAS and has given two TED talks, “Pay attention to nonviolence” and “How women wage conflict without violence.”

FILM INFO

COUNTRY:US
YEAR:2021
RUNNING TIME:73 min
LANGUAGES:English, Hebrew, Arabic
DIRECTOR:Julia Bacha
PRODUCERS:
Suhad Babaa, Daniel J. Chalfen, Julia Bacha

Executive Producers: Abigail E. Disney, Barbara Dobkin, Maxyne Franklin, Eleanor Friedman, Deirdre Hegarty, Micheline Klagsbrun, Ken Grossinger, Joan R. Platt

CINEMATOGRAPHERS:
Amber Fares, Kelly West
EDITORS:
Flavia de Souza, Eric Metzgar
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NOTE WRITER:
Michelle Svenson

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