Objector

Molly Stuart

Israel, Palestine 2019, 75 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Arabic, English, Hebrew

Subtitles: English

Atalya is a 19-year-old faced with the biggest dilemma of her life: should she follow the order to enlist in the Israeli army? She doesn’t want to be complicit in the occupation of Palestinian land. But the pressure she faces – both from society and her family – is immense.

Parasite, traitor, coward! Those are some of the expletives directed at Atalya Ben-Abba and her fellow conscientious objectors to army service. Although most Israeli citizens over the age of 18 have to serve – women for 24 months – Atalya refuses. Her parents want her to join. They say it will teach her about the realities of Israeli society. But maybe they’re mostly afraid of what will happen when their daughter is ultimately sent to prison. As the pressure builds, Atalya considers the large price to pay for following her conscience.

Gripping and informative documentary about the role of the army in Israeli society, and a young woman’s search for dialogue and understanding – both between Israeli’s and Palestinians, and within Israeli society itself.

Objector has been selected for the Activist competition and will be screened at Movies that Matter Festival 2020, where Atalya Ben-Abba will be present as a special guest. 

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Talkshows & debates

Objector: Q&A with activist Atalya Ben-Abba and producer Amitai Ben-Abba

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 14:00

Chair of peace organization Een Ander Joods Geluid, Jaap Hamburger, talks with activist Atalya Ben-Abba and producer Amitai Ben-Abba about the peace movement in Israel.

Objector: Q&A with activist Atalya Ben-Abba and producer Amitai Ben-Abba

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 18:30

Palestinian and activist Awni Farhat talks with activist Atalya Ben-Abba and producer Amitai Ben-Abba about the film and the occupation of Palestine and the transgenerational effects this has both Palestine and Israel.

Objector: Q&A with activist Atalya Ben-Abba and producer Amitai Ben-Abba

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 16:15

Anthropologist Erella Grassiani talks with activist Atalya Ben-Abba and producer Amitai Ben-Abba about what it means to be a critical Israeli and the peace movement in Israel.

Objector: Introduction by author Stan Meuwese

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 17:00

Author Stan Meuwese will try to draw a comparison between conscious objection in The Netherlands and Israel and explain why 'conscription has had its best time'.

Objector: Q&A with author Stan Meuwese on conscientious objectors

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 17:00

Angélique Eijpe is co-founder of the One State Foundation and talks with author Stan Meuwese about conscientious objectors.