Israel / France / Canada / Germany 2016, 100 min, Hebrew, Arabic and English, English subtitles
Not much is known about the settlers apart from what appears on the news, but they are a diverse community in terms of their opinions, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status. Who are these Jews, who uprooted their families to settle in the most contested area in the world, surrounded by hostile neighbors? What motivated – and still motivates them – to call those regions their home, despite the uncertainty about their future? How do the settlers respond to condemnation and outrage not only from the international community, but also from many Israelis, who see the settlements as an existential threat to State of Israel? How do they see themselves, when so many people around the world regard them as a symbol of uncompromising religious zealotry, xenophobia, and racism?
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