The Settlers

In one of the world’s most volatile regions Israeli settlers threaten to ignite the powder keg created by a half-century of Israeli settlement and political lock-in in the occupied West Bank.

If the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians really lies at the hub of the Middle East conflict, then the dispute over the future of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank lies at the very core of that conflict. Though no Jews lived in the historic Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria before the Six Day War in 1967, it is now home to hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens who have established residence in the occupied territories of the West Bank.

With unprecedented access to pioneers of the settlement movement as well as a diversity of modern-day settlers, religious and secular alike, The Settlers is a comprehensive exploration of the controversial communities which extend inordinate influence on the sociopolitical destinies of Israelis and Palestinians.



“A Window Into the West Bank’s ‘Wildest, Most Violent’ Areas”

The New York Times

“Everyone who cares about Israel should see Shimon Dotan’s The Settlers”

The Jerusalem Post

“The Settlers” is a compelling, must see, tour de force outline of the Israeli Settlement issue”

The Huffington Post

“…a ticking encapsulation… is certain to ignite spirited debate”

The Hollywood Reporter

“…a remarkable feat of access and explication”PREMIERES: Sundance 2016


Premieres & Awards


Sundance Film Festival 2016

Special mention

Sheffield Film Festival

Special mention

Docaviv Film Festival