When a news publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas are told they must choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, they launch legal battles that expose an attack on freedom of speech across 33 states in America.
Boycott traces the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. A legal thriller with “accidental plaintiffs” at the center of the story, Boycott is a bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation and an inspiring tale of everyday Americans standing up to protect our rights in an age of shifting politics and threats to freedom of speech.
The film is directed by Julia Bacha and produced Suhad Babaa and Daniel J. Chalfen of Just Vision, a non-profit production company known for Budrus, Naila and the Uprising, and other documentary films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with one of the film’s protagonists, Oberlin alum Mik Jordahl, and Kate Schwartz from Just Vision.