In preparation for my trip to Israel and Palestine next week, last night Deanna and I watched a movie called “Encounter Point.” I highly recommend it.
It’s a documentary about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and though it doesn’t flinch from portraying and engaging the depth and severity of the problem at any point, it’s a heartening portrait of a handful of Israeli and Palestinian non-violent activists (almost all of whom have lost someone in their own families) and the work they’re doing.
What I’m trying to say is that it strikes an impressive balance between education and inspiration, and a strong practical argument for non-violence in this situation. It’s not the kind of movie you have to dread and watch out of some sense of civic responsibility — it’s actually both grounded and encouraging at the same time.
So if you’re interested in why I’m going to Israel and Palestine in the middle of my wife’s pregnancy, I think this movie may be the best answer I can give you.