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Budrus; a film by Julia Bacha and Just Vision

June 11, 2011

Separation of Identity.   

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall”.

              ~ Robert Frost, The Mending Wall




Don’t miss Budrus!  A visualization of Israeli-Palestinian barriers, dialogue, and cooperative activism.

There is an old saying that goes something like this, “good fences make good neighbors.”  Perhaps Robert Frost is best known for his use of the proverb in his poem The Mending Wall (1914).  Logically, a fence may help parties visualize a recognized and accepted boundary line.  Fences may enhance relationships by simply keeping unintended, as well as intended, encroachments upon a neighbor from occurring.  However, fences may have negative connotations.  A fence may limit the free exercise of natural rights.  It may become a wall, where one party excludes another party from equal ingress and egress to property, free social intercourse, and self-determination.  As Frost so aptly points out, “there is something in nature that inherently dislikes a wall.”  Frost supports the premise that while fences do have positive uses to protect the person and property, they may become walls affecting the potential for interaction and cooperation.  In short, they may become barriers to meaningful communication.

Anyone who has visited Israel and traveled to the West Bank will surely…….

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Malcolm L. Rigsby is a faculty member in the department of sociology at Henderson State University, Arkansas.  He is completing his Ph.D.(abd), at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas.  In 1979 he received his B.A.T. from Sam Houston State University, in History and Education with a minor in Sociology.  He holds his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law (1989) and is a licensed attorney in Arkansas and Texas.  He is active in the independent review of documentary film.

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