© 2006 by C. E. Murphy. All Rights Reserved.

 Is there any hope of a detente between the Israelis and the Palestinians?
Will succeeding generations continue to be mired in a perpetual conflict,
or is it possible that some sort of peace may occur? While these questions
may not be new, they are addressed in a somewhat novel manner in the
ENCOUNTER POINT, which premiered at Tribeca.

   Perhaps it may have something to do with its international -- and
predominantly female -- crew, but
ENCOUNTER POINT actually posits
a glimmer of hope for a nonviolent solution to a problem that has existed
for generations. Co-directed by Julie Bacha and Ronit Avni, the film
focuses on an octet of individuals who are attempting to create a dialogue
toward ending the cycle of violence.

   The film, shot over a period of about a year and a half, examines how
these individuals are attempting to foster change in a place where the idea
of nonviolence and peace are almost laughable. But as the filmmakers
show, there are people trying to dispel the negative, whether it is
through the Bereaved Families Forum, which brings together Israelis and
Palestinians who have lost relatives or Windows, an organization that
publishes a magazine aimed at the youth on both sides, or the Seeds of
Peace Center for Coexistence which offers leadership tools to young
people. Only time, however, will show whether or not these men and
women are able to achieve their goals.

                   Rating:                B