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Documentary Night: THE SETTLERS

DIRECTED BY: Shimon Dotan



Please join us for a post-film Q&A with director Shimon Dotan


Since the decisive victory of Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967, hundreds of thousand Israeli citizens settled down in the occupied territories of the West Bank. THE SETTLERS is a riveting documentary that offers a comprehensive look at the settler phenomenon, from its origins just before the Six Day War, right up until today. While much has been said about the impact of the settlers on the peace process, not enough has been said about the settlers themselves, a community almost as diverse in its outlooks, origins, ideologies, and socioeconomic backgrounds as Israeli society itself. Benefiting from unprecedented access to the pioneers of the movement of colonization and from the current religious and secular colonists, THE SETTLERS is an in-depth exploration of these communities, which take hostage the sociopolitical future of Israel and Palestine today.


Shimon Dotan is an award‐winning filmmaker working on narrative and documentary films. He is a Fellow at the New York Institute of the Humanities, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship award and of the Cullman Fellowship award for scholars and writers at New York Public Library. Dotan’s films have been the recipients of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance (HOT HOUSE), Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival (THE SMILE OF THE LAMB), numerous Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director (REPEAT DIVE; THE SMILE OF THE LAMB), and Best Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival (YOU CAN THANK ME LATER). Dotan was born in Romania and grew up in Israel. He has taught filmmaking and film studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel, Concordia University in Montreal and is presently teaching Political Cinema at New York University and Film Directing at the New School University.


LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic and English with English subtitles


RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes





Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $12
Members - $7
Students/Seniors (Mon - Thu) - $9




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