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American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein | $18

Format: DVD | Region(s): 1-6 & 8 | Minutes: 89
The definitive documentry about controversial academic Norman Finkelstein, American Radical confronts questions of identity, nationhood, social justice and freedom. A critic of U.S. and Israeli Mid-East policy and author of five provocative books–including “The Holocaust Industry”–Finkelsten has been steadfastly at the center of many intractable controversies. Called a lunatic and a disgusting self-hating Jew by some and an inspirational street-fighting revolutionary by others, Finkelstein is a deeply polarizing figure. From Beirut to Kyoto, American Radical follows Finkelstein around the world, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the controversy as he attempts to negotiate a voice among supporters and critics alike. View trailer and details

Budrus | $18

Format: DVD | Region(s): All | Minutes: 82
When the residents of Budrus learn that the Israeli army plans to build the Separation Barrier through their town, cutting them off from neighboring Palestinian villages and uprooting their precious olive groves, they decide to organize. Under the leadership of Ayed Morrar, Palestinian men of all political factions come together to wage an unarmed struggle to preserve their lands. Victory seems unlikely until Ayed’s 15-year-old daughter steps in to organize a female contingent that brings the women of Budrus to the front lines in a tense stand-off with the military. As word of the nonviolent protest spreads, Israeli citizens, international activists and Palestinians from other villages join the people of Budrus to demand that the Barrier be moved. View trailer and details

Private | $18

Format: DVD | Region(s): 1 | Minutes: 90
Inspired by real events, documentary filmmaker Saverio Costanzo’s feature debut is a minimalist psychological drama about a Palestinian family of seven suddenly confronted with a volatile situation in their home that in many ways reflects the larger ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel. Winner of a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, Private is convincingly shot in a documentary style with a hand-held camera and a quick pace. Director Costanzo has created a unique occasion for both Israeli and Palestinian actors to work together, and being an outsider himself, he has worked to maintain a neutral standpoint while dramatizing the conflict. View trailer and details

Israel and Palestine: Roots of Conflict, Prospects for Peace | $8

Format: DVD | Region(s): All | Minutes: 144
By Norman Finkelstein
“My own view is after lots of experience — I could say a reasonable amount of experience over a significant number of years of being involved in the topic — that the most effective approach to trying to reach people on the Israel-Palestine conflict is to stick to the most conventional mainstream record of what’s happening: use the most uncontroversial sources and steer as much away as possible from slogans and sloganeering and just stick hard and fast to the factual record, the documentary record, the United Nations record, the human rights record, the judicial record. To stick to those sources which are irrefutable, and are overwhelmingly — in fact we can almost say unanimously — in support of a reasonable resolution of the conflict”. View chapters

An Issue of Justice: Origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict | $7

Format: Audio CD | Region(s): All | Minutes: 79
By Norman Finkelstein
The facts are not complicated. Finkelstein dispels the myths surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict by laying out the historical, human rights and the diplomatic record with clarity and passion, arguing that any other similar conflict would be perfectly understood, yet this one exists beneath a blanket of ideological fog. He then cuts through the fog with indisputable documentation and facts, optimistic that the struggle is winnable, and that it is simply an issue of justice.

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