As a 19-year-old Israeli, Atalya is obligated to enlist in the armed forces. But she has witnessed military rule in the occupied Palestinian territories – a reality that most other young Israelis never experience – and one that leads her to become a conscientious objector.
Refusing service as a public protest of Israeli policy means facing up to 6 months in prison. As Atalya anticipates this reality, she also worries about becoming a target for public vitriol. Her decision is met with opposition from family members, who both disagree with her politics and fear for her future. Family legacies weigh on her as she considers the meaning of this national rite of passage. But she has come to understand the military as the enforcer of an apartheid regime, and nothing will stop her from defying it. If going to prison is the only way to make her dissenting voice heard, she’s willing to pay that price.
"Objector" offers a window into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the perspective of a Jewish woman making an uncommon sacrifice.
Molly Stuart Director The Importance of being Unruly, The Real Work, Milk with Dignity
Molly is an emerging filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has directed, filmed, and edited documentaries about a variety of social issues ranging from disruptive protest to urban displacement to migrant farmworker struggles. Her film work has been published in online magazines including The Nation and In These Times. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Film from Middlebury College. She is currently earning an MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University.