About Benny Brunner
Benny Brunner is a Dutch-Israeli filmmaker. He has been writing, directing, and producing documentary films internationally since the early 1990s.
Brunner makes critical political films that side with the dispossessed, the unrepresented and ‘the other’. His films concern subject matters such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish and modern Israeli culture and history, European culture, politics and history and inspiring individuals.
In his films Brunner challenges established historical narratives through truth-seeking; expresses dissident voice and vision; advocates and promotes democracy’s core values: human rights and liberties. Correspondingly, nationalism and racism are among his key themes .
Some of Brunner’s films opened the door for others to follow, for example, The Seventh Million – The Israelis and the Holocaust (1995) which was the first film to take an unflinching look at the Israeli state abuse and misuse of the Holocaust for political and economic gains. Al Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948 (1996), was arguably the first film to seriously tackle the events of the 1948 war. The Wall (2003) was another first on the so-called ‘separation fence’ between Israel and the West Bank that turned out to be an ‘annexation wall’, and The Great Book Robbery (2012) tells the unknown story of the destruction of Palestinian culture in 1948.
Many academics and activists have utilised Brunner’s films as a positive source of knowledge and inspiration for political activism and discussion.
Benny Brunner is specialised in international co-production and collaboration on a broad range of subject matters that cross borders and cultures. Brunner works on individuals’ complex stories as well as on projects with political-historical themes.
2911 Foundation was established in 2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The foundation is Benny Brunner’s de-facto film production company.
Key points of the foundation’s mission statement:
- To challenge established historical narratives through truth-seeking;
- To provide a platform for dissident voices and visions;
- To create a versatile hub for taking a fresh look at persistent problems by advocating and promoting democracy’s core values: human rights and liberties.
Since 2012, three full length documentary films have been produced by 2911 Foundation. All three were broadcast internationally and screened at numerous film festivals, universities and various other international events.