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“Boycott”: film screening & conversation with director Julia Bacha

March 28, 5:30 pm7:30 pm

CHRA is co-sponsoring a screening of the film Boycott (2021), with director Julia Bacha in-person on Tuesday, March 28, at Weis Cinema, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Over the past six years, unbeknownst to most Americans, 34 states passed laws intending to silence boycott and other nonviolent measures aimed at pressuring Israel on its human rights record. These dangerous bills remove the legal protection that has been awarded to boycotts for generations, granting governments the power to condition jobs on political viewpoints.

As this wave of anti-boycott legislation has swept through the country, so has a counter-wave in defense of freedom of speech. Everyday Americans are challenging these laws for their constitutionality in a nation-wide battle likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court.

With full access to the plaintiffs and in revelatory moments with elected officials, Boycott chronicles one of the most consequential First Amendment battles of the past few decades and investigates the question – how did we get here?

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Julia Bacha, moderated by Peter Rosenblum, Professor of International Law and Human Rights.
This event is organized in conjunction with the OSUN Network Collaborative Course, Freedom of Expression, and is co-sponsored by CHRA, Middle Eastern Studies Program, Human Rights Project, and Global and International Studies Program.

Julia Bacha is a Peabody and Guggenheim award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and the Creative Director at Just Vision, a nonprofit that highlights the power and reach of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality. She has strategically used documentary film and multimedia to foster constructive conversations on some of the most divisive issues of our times.

Julia wrote and edited Control Room, for which she was nominated for the Writer’s Guild of America Award. She co-directed, wrote and edited Encounter Point which won best documentary prize at the San Francisco Film Festival. She then directed and produced the critically-acclaimed Budrus. Subsequently, Julia directed and produced My Neighbourhood, which won the coveted Peabody Award.

She is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisory Board Member to the Tribeca Film Institute, and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Her TED talk, “Pay Attention to Nonviolence,” was selected as one of the best talks of 2011 by the TED curators.


March 28
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 United States
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