A State of Danger

A film by Haim Bresheeth and Jenny Morgan

England | 1989 | 28 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99137

SYNOPSIS

Shot in Israel and the Occupied Territories, this extraordinary documentary offers a unique, vital perspective on the Intifada seldom seen in U.S. mainstream media. Produced for the BBC, A State of Danger gives voice to Palestinian and Israeli peace activists, most of them women. Chilling testimonies to Israeli police brutality are supplemented by interviews with Israelis who support Palestinian self-determination. A STATE OF DANGER is a compelling, timely documentary that examines grassroots support, human rights and the role of Arab and Jewish women in bringing peace to the region.

PRESS

“**** A moving illustration which does not pretend to make judgements. Provides a perspective not readily available elsewhere. An excellent value for public libraries and college classrooms.”

ABC-CLIO Video Guide

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • Montreal Women’s Film and Video Festival
  • Women in the Director’s Chair

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Haim Bresheeth

Professor Haim Bresheeth is a filmmaker, photographer and a film studies scholar, retired from the University of East London, where he worked since early 2002. He now teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His books include the best-selling Introduction to the Holocaust (with Stuart Hood, 2 reprints since 1997). His edited volumes include The Gulf War and the New World Order, (with Nira Yuval-Davis) published in 1992. He has been on the Editorial Board of the Journal Khamsin for many years until its demise in 1991, and has published widely in Hebrew and English on Palestinian and Israeli film, and is currently working on the representation of the other and stranger in European film. His films include the widely-shown STATE OF DANGER (1989, BBC2) - a documentary on the first Palestinian Intifada. He has also written many newspaper articles in Hebrew, mainly published in the Israeli Ha’aretz broadsheet, as well as English language articles, mainly published by the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Weekly. Since 2001, he served as Professor of Film Studies and Chair of Cultural and Media Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of East London. He was Director of the new UEL research centre Matrix East Research Lab - concentrating on the Digital Arts and Cybercultures. Before coming to UEL, Prof. Bresheeth was Dean of the School of Media, Film and Cultural Studies, at Sapir College, Israel. Has founded and chaired the Sderot Cinemateque in southern Israel, and its Cinema South film festival, still running successfully today. In 2001 Bresheeth was the Chair and writer of the special Report on Public Broadcasting in Israel, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and published in 2001, with the government accepting all its recommendations, only to avoid putting them into practice. In 2010 he set up the Museum Integrated Digital Archiving System at the University of East London, a centre for High Resolution scanning of artworks, which can be gleaned on MIDAS. In 2012, Bresheeth completed the film LONDON IS BURNING, on the August 2011 London Riots. (8/14)

Jenny Morgan

Jenny Morgan is a freelance documentary filmmaker and a part-time human rights activist. These two elements have combined insome of her many films. After leaving apartheid South Africa andmoving to London, she supported anti-apartheid mobilizing andworked for the Namibian liberation movement, SWAPO. She hasdirected and produced numerous films for British television, including ALGERIA: DREAMING OF DEMOCRACY, A STATE OF DANGER (about the first Palestinian intifada), and WHEN YOU COME BACK HOME (on Soweto).Her film about British women agents in World War II, BEHIND ENEMY LINES: THE REAL CHARLOTTES GREYS was directed and produced for Channel 4. (8/14)

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