Written and Directed by
Ben Avishai and Ken Winikur
J Street is on the frontlines of the world’s most “intractable” problem. An upstart lobby in Washington, D.C., J Street dares to assert what to many seems obvious: that a two-state solution is Israel’s only future, and any peace deal will require robust American participation. It sees itself playing David to the Israel Lobby’s Goliath, and, less than five years old, has been making surprising gains.
This feature length documentary tracks J Street as it attempts to change what it means to be pro-Israel in America. We see their missteps and their triumphs as they struggle to push the Obama administration to take an active role in negotiating a two-state solution.
In this urgent political story told with the intimacy of cinema vérité, we feel the pulse of an organization, taking viewers to high-level strategy meetings, and long nights on the road. It is here that our characters come to life and the J Street story unfolds. Through interviews with high level Israeli politicians and American journalists and thinkers we examine the larger issues surrounding J Street and the politics of the Middle East. It is at once a gripping story about the desperate need for a two-state solution and an insightful document of the American political process at work.
Ken Winikur | Producer, Director
Winikur is a U.S. based documentary filmmaker who has spent extensive time living in Israel. In 2004 Winikur completed BET HERUT the end of the beginning.
Through the investigation of the tragic murder/suicide on a communal farming village, the demise of the larger socialist movement in Israel is examined. Winikur received a Fulbright Grant to research and shoot BET HERUT, which has played at a number of film festivals worldwide and is now distributed by the Cinema Guild Inc.
Ben Avishai | Producer, Director
Avishai has written and produced award-winning projects that have been broadcast on national television, installed in major museums and streamed on the web. He produced and directed a film about Israelis and Palestinians in a bar in Jerusalem, and he wrote and produced the core films for the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Ben was born in Jerusalem, was raised in the U.S., and has been steeped in the politics of Israel from a young age.