Nebraskan’s For Peace Screening: Boycott
Wednesday, February 28th, 2024
Running Time: 2 hours
Boycott follows the stories of a news publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas, who, when forced to choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, launch legal battles that expose an attack on freedom of speech across the US. The film traces the impact of state legislation passed in 36 states 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. Since the film’s launch in 2021, Boycott has screened in over 180+ locations from SXSW in Texas to Hot Docs in Toronto and has been featured in major outlets including the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, TIME, Haaretz, and NPR.
While the original anti-boycott laws passed with wide bi-partisan support, beginning in 2021, Republicans began to introduce copycat bills inspired by the Israel-focused anti-boycott bills, taking aim at boycotts of the fossil fuels and firearms industries. Most recently, legislators modified the bill once more to target those organizing for transgender peoples’ rights, abortion access and workplace equity. Since the start of the year, over 40 copycat bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country.