On Wednesday, Feb. 20, filmmaker Adam Hootnick will present his award-winning documentary, “Unsettled” to the HWS community. Told through the eyes of six young Israelis thrown together in a turbulent historical moment, Hootnick provides viewers with an engaging and poignant film about the evacuation of settlers in Gaza by the Israeli army.
Brutality and strife tends to be the chief constituent of media coverage from the Middle East, whereas the peaceful turnover of power that transpired during the 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip received very little media attention. After experiencing this conflict in Israeli society first hand, Hootnick, a former resident of Tel Aviv, had a desire to shed light on this significant event. His aspiration resulted in the production of “Unsettled,” a story about religion and democracy, soldiers and civilians, and the kids on the front lines of a battle where there is no enemy.
In January 2007, “Unsettled” premiered at Slamdance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Hootnick describes the film as “a story of young people in conflict, told in their words, seen through their eyes, and heard to the beat of their music.”
Hootnick, a Syracuse native, is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Prior to the filming of “Unsettled,” Hootnick worked as producer for MTV News & Docs for politics and international affairs as well as NBC News and MSNBC. He also worked for the South African Parliament’s Justice Committee and for the Boston Consulting Group and has covered stories for broadcast and print media in India, South Africa, Cuba and Israel.
Sponsored by the Media and Society program, HWS Hillel, The Baron Fund, Intercultural Affairs, the International Relations program and the Provost’s office, “Unsettled” will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the Sanford Room. A Q&A session with Hootnick will follow the screening.