The Settles

See What The Critics Are Saying


- Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!


“Opens a rare window into the reclusive and politically explosive ‘hilltop youth’ movement... Chronicles the germination of the early settler movement after Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in 1967, including the ideas and religious zeal that fueled of the first close-up views of the motives and personalities in a group that rarely opens up to outsiders.”

- James Glanz, The New York Times


“A remarkable feat of access and explication. Gripping. The real achievement here is in going beyond the buzzwords of newscasts and talking points to convey a sense of what’s happening on the ground — and to give it a sense of urgency.  Sifts through a great deal of material with speed and clarity.”

- Ben Kenigsberg, Variety


“…a compelling, must see, tour de force outline of the Israeli Settlement issue fueling the last 50 years of Middle East conflicts.”

- Michael Berkowitz, The Huffington Post


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

- Hannah Brown, The Jerusalem Post


"The result is one of the most edifying and thoughtful films of this kind in many, many years"

- George Robinson, The New York Jewish Week


"It's an intelligent blend of interviews, historical exposition and newsreel footage. Overall, it's a pessimistic picture in which Dotan posits that a relatively small group of extremists controls the future and thwarts the possibility of lasting peace."

- Film Journal, Duane Byrge