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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

The Middle East Studies Series

"Recommended. Evocative camera work helps provide informative views behind the often mysterious veil of the Middle East." -Booklist
This exceptional collection of award-winning documentaries offers historical and contemporary studies of countries of the Middle East. Programs available on 20 DVDs, Digital Click for more

The Battle of Durban II: Israel, Palestine & the United Nations

Battle of Durban II, The: Israel, Palestine & the UN

"Highly Recommended. What I was afraid would disintegrate into a tangled mess of shouting heads, emerged as a sterling example of balanced documentary-making that sought the depressing truth in the divide, instead of just the moral high ground. No one person, nation or organization is singled-out, skewered or lampooned. The true tragedy revealed is the systemic inability of very devoted, well-meaning people to actually solve real problems." -Brian White, GotchaMovies
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. Gabriela Shalev, UN Ambassador, Israel. Alireza Moaiyeri, UN Ambassador, Iran. Ingrid Jaradat Gassner, Director of BADIL Resource Center, a Palestinian NGO. Attorney Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Put them all together and what do you have? Given the topic, Israel and Palestine, and cast of characters, quite an interesting and evenly-balanced documentary, which, of course, is the point behind this production: to hear both sides and hope in doing so both sides can move forward, to end the bickering, to end the hatred, to end the violence, to help those who are desperately in need of help. We view events of the failed 2001 and 2009 UN World Conferences against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa; witness incendiary statements by the controversial Ahmadinejad; hear the protests and see the walkouts, which drives home the point of how difficult it is to bring people together about this topic that has divided people for decades. However, the question lingers, in airing the differences, can people find common ground in order to address the much larger and more important problems that need to be addressed and solved? That is the hope. Produced by Second Generation Films, LLC. 2010 SCA 80 min. 16:9

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