Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority is a documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, narrated by If Americans Knew founder Alison Weir. It piles up damning allegations against Israel, and the human rights abuses, the genocide, the Israelis are committing in Palestine and Gaza, detailing how horrid life is for the Palestinians under Israeli military rule. Why should you care? Because United States (American) tax dollars are paying the bill for the murder, the genocide, of the Palestinian people. Israel is “empowered by American tax money.” This implicates every American in the horrific crimes being perpetrated against the Palestinian people.
Occupation 101 questions the nature of Israeli-American relations, the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and whether Americans should help pay for it. It includes interviews with mostly American and Israeli scholars, religious leaders, humanitarian workers, and NGO’s critical of the injustices, the human rights abuses that stem from Israeli policy in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.
Occupation 101 is a thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, historians, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets. Unlike any other film ever produced on the Israeli battle against the Palestinians, Occupation 101 presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. It explains the reality of the situation that is silenced in the mainstream media.”
“Alison Weir (the narrator) is the founder of If Americans Knew. She was a journalist off and on for many years. As a freelance journalist, Weir went on an independent investigation to the flash points in the West Bank and Gaza rarely visited by American journalists. Since returning she has spoken on Capitol Hill, to business leaders, at prestigious Washington D.C. think tanks, and at a multitude of universities.”
Former Congressman Tom Campbell said of Weir:
“Ms. Weir presents a powerful, well documented view of the Middle East today. She is intelligent, careful, and critical. American policy makers would benefit greatly from hearing her first-hand observations and attempting to answer the questions she poses.”
The film won several awards from film festivals.
* Winner of the “Golden Palm” Award (highest honor given by jury) and for “Best Editing” at the 2007 International Beverly Hills Film Festival.
* Winner of the ‘Artivist Award’ for Best Feature Film under the category of Human Rights at the 2006 Artivist Film Festival in Hollywood.
* Winner of the Best Documentary Award (Special Recognition) at the 2007 New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.
* Winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the 2006 River’s Edge Film Festival.
* Winner of the Best Documentary Feature Award at 2006 The Dead Center Film Festival.
* Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at 2006 East Lansing Film Festival.
* Winner of the John Michaels Memorial Award at the 2006 Big Muddy Film Festival.