The Settlers

Shimon Dotan

France, Canada, Israel, Germany, 2016 / 110 min / English, Hebrew and Arabic original version with English subtitles / Documentary

In the presence of the director Shimon Dotan.

The History & Consequences of Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land.

In the nearly 50 years since Israel's decisive victory in the 1967 Six-Day War, hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens have established expanding communities in the occupied territories of the West Bank. Frequently coming into direct conflict with the region's Palestinian inhabitants, and facing the condemnation of the international community, the settlers have been viewed by some as the righteous vanguard of modern Zionism and by others as overzealous squatters who are the greatest impediment to peace in the region.

Director Shimon Dotan opens up a space in between these extremes, offering unprecedented access to pioneers of the historical settlement movement and a diverse range of modern-day settlers, religious and secular alike. The result is a comprehensive, provocative exploration of the controversial communities who continue to extend an inordinate influence on the sociopolitical destinies of Israel and Palestine. The film was selected at the World Documentary Competition Section, Sundance Film Festival, 2016 (USA)

Tue 01/03 21:30 English, Hebrew and Arabic original version with English subtitles Public
Thu 03/03 21:15 English, Hebrew and Arabic original version with English subtitles Public
Cast & Credits
Shimon Dotan, Oron Adar
Philippe Bellaiche
Alex Claude
Ray Fabi
Les Films du Poisson, Talisma Productions, Filmoption International
Arte France, YES DOCU, NDR, BR, HR. En coproduction avec Filmoption International (Canada), Talisma Productions (Israël), ARTE France. Avec le soutien du CNC, de la Région Ile-de-France, de la Procirep Angoa, du Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

Shimon Dotan was born in Romania in 1949 and moved to Israel in 1959. He grew up in an agricultural cooperative, served five years in the Israeli military as a Navy Seal, and went on to get his BFA at Tel Aviv University. After a stay in Canada, he has been living in the United States for the past 20 years: he teaches film directing and political cinema at New York University. He has directed and produced feature films as well as documentaries. He received the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for his documentary “Hot House”.  

  • 2016 The Settlers (documentary)
  • 2012 Watching TV with the Red Chinese
  • 2007 Diamond Dogs
  • 2006 Hot House (documentary)
  • 1999 You Can Thank Me Later
  • 1996 Coyote Run
  • 1994 Warriors
  • 1992 The Finest Hour
  • 1986 Smile of the Lamb
  • 1982 Tzlila Chozere