Javascript Menu by

Bullfrog Films

610-779-8226; 800-543-3764; P.O. Box 149 Oley, PA 19547
Email ListRss Info
Bookmark and Share
Bullfrog Films

is a leading source of educational DVDs & videos, with a collection of over 700 titles in these main subject areas:

  Climate Change
  Social Justice
  Developing World
  Indigenous Peoples
  Earth Science
  Life Science
  Political Science
  Performing Arts
  Women’s Studies
  Children’s Films
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .

Our site enables you to order securely online with a credit card or purchase order, or you can use our printable order form for faxing or mailing.
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Receive occasional notice of our new releases and special offers. Your address won’t be traded or sold.

Palestine Is Still The Issue

John Pilger returns to the Middle East and questions why there has been no progress towards peace.

A printer-friendly version of this page 53 minutes
Directed by Anthony Stark
Produced by Christopher Martin
for Carlton International Media Ltd
Written and Presented by John Pilger

"Candid and powerful statements that it is vital for outsiders to hear." Middle East Studies Association Bulletin
NOTE TO ACTIVIST GROUPS: We are making this video available at a special price of $59 to activist groups. Please order under our Activists' Page. This gives you the right to show the film in public as long as no admission fee is charged. TV rights are NOT available.

In 1977, the award-winning journalist and film-maker, John Pilger, made a documentary called Palestine Is Still The Issue (1977). He told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967. In this in-depth documentary, he has returned to the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza, and to Israel, to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the United Nations more than half a century ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo -- refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times.

"The fate and struggle of the Palestinians," says Pilger, "are not just critical to the overdue recognition of their basic human rights, but are also central to whether the region, and the wider world, are plunged into war. Israel is now one of the biggest military powers in the world. While nothing changes, the dangers become greater. This is a film about a nation of people, traumatized, humiliated and yet resilient. In trying to liberate less than a quarter of historic Palestine, they have had no army, no air force, and no powerful friends -- and have fought back with slingshots and now with the terrorism of the suicide bombers."

In a series of extraordinary interviews with both Palestinians and Israelis, John Pilger weaves together the issue of Palestine. He speaks to the families of suicide bombers and their victims; he sees the humiliation of Palestinians imposed on them at myriad checkpoints and with a permit system not dissimilar to apartheid South Africa's infamous pass laws. He goes into the refugee camps and meets children who, he says, "no longer dream like other children, or if they do, it is about death."

Continually asking for the solution, John Pilger says it is time to bring justice, as well as peace, to Palestine.

NOTE TO ACTIVIST GROUPS: We are making this video available at a special price of $59 to activist groups. Please order under our Activists' Page. TV rights are NOT available.

Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2002     Copyright Date: 2002
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-108-8     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-958-4

"[Pilger] allows the viewer to hear candid and powerful statements that it is vital for outsiders to hear. I would advise professors: If you don't have time to show the entire video in your class, at least show your students the first fifteen minutes. The frank comments by both Palestinians and Israelis...will provide the basis for a spirited debate among the students for the remainder of the class period."
Ann Lesch, Villanova University, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin

"Highly recommended for its bold analysis of the Palestine problem...crucial viewing for those interested in challenging their assumptions."
Michael J. Coffta, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Educational Media Reviews Online

"John Pilger has made a well-informed and engaging documentary against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. His argument is clear and consistent throughout: the root cause of violence in Israel/Palestine is Israeli colonialism. Israel has dehumanized the Palestinians and subjugated them to the longest occupation in modern times, and the Palestinians have been resisting the occupation and fighting for their freedom and independence. These facts are incontestable, and Pilger presents them very well, mixing interviews, authorial commentary, and historical narration to convey a picture of a whole society degraded and denied its fundamental national and human rights."
Bashir Abu-Manneh, Journal of Palestine Studies

Select your institution type

DVD Features
Scene selection
Extensive 20-page Special Report is included in the DVD-ROM portion of the disc. The report provides vital background information on the history of the conflict from 1897 to the present day. Included are a timeline, sections on the land area, the refugees, the PLO, the occupation, house demolitions, water, the settlements, Jerusalem, the peace process, five detailed maps of different ways that have been suggested to settle the land issue in the West Bank, the Al Aqsa Intifada, victims, the Israeli use of force, assassinations, the siege of the Palestinians, Operation Defensive Shield, the suicide bombings, Israeli conscientious objectors, why there are no international monitors, who supplies the weapons, international law, and hope for the future.
Broad list of websites, a bibliography, and a complete list of references for the statements made in the guide.

John Pilger's web site
Study guide

Awards and Festivals
The Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Best of Category, Vermont International Film Festival
Certificate of Merit, Chicago International Television Awards
Mountaintop Film Festival, Vermont
Istanbul International Labor Film Festival

Conflict Resolution
Human Rights
International Studies
Islamic Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Social Justice
War and Peace

Related Titles

Valentino's Ghost (New Edition)
Exposes the ways in which America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the mainstream media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims.

Gaza Under Siege
The Gaza Strip has been a virtual prison for Palestinians for over fifty years.

Without Rights
Palestinians are denied human rights.

Waiting to Go
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are denied human rights.

The Tale of the Three Lost Jewels
A tale of love and hope in the Gaza Strip.

In Whose Interest?
A revealing critique of US foreign policy since World War II.

Deadly Mistakes?
A 2-DVD set designed to help students critically analyze some of our foreign policy interventions since World War II.

Paying the Price
John Pilger exposes the devastating effect that UN sanctions had on the children of Iraq during the 1990s.

The Tree that Remembers
Extraordinary film explores the lives of Iranian refugees who cannot escape painful memories.

The New Rulers of the World
Award-winning journalist, John Pilger, investigates the realities of globalization by taking a close look at Indonesia.

Inside Burma
John Pilger investigates the history and brutality of the military dictatorship in Burma.

Home | About Us | Subjects | Specials | Titles A - Z | New Releases | FAQ | Order Information | Contact

Website design by HYPERSPHERE.
Pages generated using Film Distribution Software™

Bullfrog & Bullfrog Films are registered trademarks of Bullfrog Films, Inc.
All photographs are protected by copyright. For permission to use,
and high resolution press stills, please contact Bullfrog Films.

©2009 Bullfrog Films, Inc. All rights reserved.