State 194

Director: Dan Setton | Countries of production: Israel, United States | Year: 2012 | Length: 98 min
Language: English, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles

Screened as part of TOAFF13

The United Nations currently has 193 member nations. The dream of, and the work toward, member status for Palestinians is the subject of State 194, an intelligent, evenhanded documentary by Dan Setton about a two-state solution for coexistence.

The film largely concentrates on the efforts of Salam Fayyad, the former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, to petition the United Nations to recognise Palestine as its 194th member state. What follows is a rallying call for peace and unity in one of the worlds most complex conflict zines.

This cogent documentary well illustrates the myriad obstacles to achieving a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.
The Hollywood Reporter