Trailer for the film Holy Land.
On a desolate West Bank hilltop, 50 Israeli families live in house trailers, yards littered with rusting tricycles and old furniture. This is Migron, the largest illegal West Bank settlement outpost, built in defiance of international law and the Israeli courts. From 2011 through 2012, a battle about the fate of Migron rages through Israel's politics and Supreme Court.
Israeli anti-settlement activist Hagit Ofran leads the struggle against Migron. She is an underdog -- her group, Peace Now, is a shadow of what it once was. Powerful forces are arrayed against her.
Thus unfolds the story of "Holy Land," an unprecedented, multi-character documentary about a tumultuous year in the West Bank conflict. The film zeroes in on the explosive issue of the West Bank settlements: its protagonists are both Israeli settlers and the Israelis and Palestinians who oppose them. They are idealists pursuing conflicting visions of justice, heroes or villains depending on your perspective.
Director/producer Peter Cohn comes to the story with an outsider's unaffiliated perspective, gaining intimate access to the lives of key players on both sides. They include an Orthodox Israeli settler, a young Palestinian journalist, an unconventional settler rabbi, and the progressive mayor of a Palestinian town. It's a cross section of the West Bank never seen in one film.
The story is gripping, action-packed and ultimately hopeful. Non-didactic and unflinching, "Holy Land" is a film that challenges conventional viewpoints about the Arab-Israeli conflict in the West Bank.