Occupation 101

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Occupation 101
Directed bySufyan Omeish
Abdallah Omeish
Written bySufyan Omeish
Abdallah Omeish
Produced bySufyan Omeish
Abdallah Omeish
Narrated byAlison Weir
CinematographySufyan Omeish
Abdallah Omeish
Edited bySufyan Omeish
Abdallah Omeish
Music byZan Nakari
Eric Olsen
Release dates
  • March 25, 2006 (2006-03-25) (East Lansing Film Festival)
  • May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority is a 2006 documentary film on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict directed by Sufyan Omeish and Abdallah Omeish, and narrated by Alison Weir, founder of If Americans Knew. The film focuses on the effects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and discusses events from the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada and Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, presenting its perspective through dozens of interviews, questioning the nature of Israeli–American relations—in particular, the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and the ethics of US monetary involvement.[1] Occupation 101 includes interviews with mostly American and Israeli scholars, religious leaders, humanitarian workers, and NGO representatives—more than half of whom are Jewish—who are critical of the injustices and human rights abuses stemming from Israeli policy in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.


The entire list of featured interviews:[2]


The film has won several awards from various film festivals.[3][4][5][6]

  • Winner of the "Golden Palm" Award (highest honor given by jury) and for "Best Editing" at the 2007 International Beverly Hills Film Festival.[7][8]
  • Winner of the 'Artivist Award' for Best Feature Film under the category of Human Rights at the 2006 Artivist Film Festival & Awards 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.[9]
  • 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.


  1. ^ Official Website of Occupation 101. See the multimedia page for movie clips.
  2. ^ Occupation 101 :: Interviewees. From official Occupation101.tv site.
  3. ^ Screenings and awards. From official Occupation101.com site.
  4. ^ "NeoFlix welcomes 'Occupation 101' – May 4, 2007" Archived March 12, 2018, at the Wayback Machine. Press release.
  5. ^ Occupation 101 – Voices of the Silenced Majority Archived 2007-10-17 at the Wayback Machine. Info and awards list from Palestine Online Store site.
  6. ^ 2007 Global Visions Film Festival : Film Details Archived 2008-05-14 at the Wayback Machine. Info about Occupation 101. List of awards from other film festivals.
  7. ^ "'Occupation' takes home Golden Palm". By Gregg Kilday. April 18, 2007. The Hollywood Reporter. "2007 Global Visions Film Festival : Film Details". Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
  8. ^ "2007 Beverly Hills Film Festival" Archived 2007-10-28 at the Wayback Machine. By John Esther. April 11, 2007. Los Angeles Journal.
  9. ^ River's Edge Film Festival review of Occupation 101. Archived August 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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