New York-based sales house Bond/360 has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to Shimon Dotan’s documentary The Settlers.
The award-winning film – which held its world premiere at Sundance – offers a historical overview, geopolitical study and intimate look at the Jewish settlements on the West Bank and the Israeli government’s silent complicity toward their presence since the aftermath of the Six-Day War of 1967.
The doc has also screened at Luxembourg City Film Festival, DocAviv Film Festival, Biografilm Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest. It will screen next week at the 54th New York Film Festival on Oct. 6 at the Walter Reade Theater in New York.
Following the theatrical run at NYC’s Film Forum, the movie will expand nationally. The educational, digital and home video release is slated for 2017.
The Settlers is a copro between Arte France, YNDR, BR, HR, and YES DOCO, in association with Radio Canada, AB Thématiques, RTS, Norway’s NRK, Netherlands’ VPRO, Sweden’s SVT, Denmark’s DR.
“The Settlers allows access to a small but active movement that is reviled by many and that subverts the political discourse, not only in Israel but across international borders. By historicizing the movement and contextualizing their actions, viewers gain insight into the motivations and justification,” says Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of BOND/360, in a statement. “More controversial is the Israeli government’s tacit support of the settlers with their vision, which the film exposes to reveal the tension between verbal international condemnation and silent domestic complicity.”