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Open Bethlehem Screening Sept. 12, London

September 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Audience watches Open Bethlehem Screening in London. Photo courtesy of Open Bethlehem
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Open Bethlehem Screening Sept. 12, London

We are delighted to announce that we will be screening Open Bethlehem at Friends House, Euston on the evening of Tuesday 12 September. This event is being supported by Quakers in Britain. This is an opportunity to see the film, meet new friends, become an ambassador for Bethlehem and get involved. The screening will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and an audience Q&A.

We will discuss Open Bethlehem’s first USA tour, and our plans to return this Autumn, continuing to promote understanding about the situation facing Bethlehem and beyond.

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Director of the film, Leila Sansour, will be in conversation with Yossi Mekelberg, a Professor of International Relations and fellow at Chatham House, who will moderate the question and answers with the audience.

This is also a chance to thank our ambassadors. All Bethlehem ambassadors attending the screening who bring their passports with them will receive a DVD of Open Bethlehem – a wonderful resource to share. In addition, a special event stamp for your passport will be available!

If you are already an Open Bethlehem ambassador and would like to receive your DVD and special passport stamp, please don’t forget to bring your Bethlehem passport with you. If you don’t yet have one, there will be opportunities to sign up as a new ambassador during the evening.

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More about the film ….

“One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen. The tragedy of Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one town – Bethlehem. See the film then go to Bethlehem and see for yourself.” Jon Snow – Main News Anchor Channel 4 

“Open Bethlehem is a fierce and poignant plea against the incarceration of a city”
Film of the Week – The Guardian

“Powerful” Time Out London

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Audience watches Open Bethlehem Screening in London. Photo courtesy of Open Bethlehem

Audience watches Open Bethlehem Screening in London. Photo courtesy of Open Bethlehem

About The Film

Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. She never wanted to return but this time she is making an exception. She intends her film to be a tribute to her late father, founder of Bethlehem University, and a man regarded as a hero by his town’s folk. As Bethlehem approaches ruin her decision to flee this sleepy town, taken much to her father’s regret, comes to haunt her.

Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Leila plans to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis but just few months into filming her life and the film take an unexpected turn when cousin Carol, Leila’s last relative in town, persuades her to stay to start a campaign to save the city.

As the pair launch OPEN BETHLEHEM Leila finds herself trapped behind a wall in the very place she so much wanted to leave. The face of Bethlehem is changing rapidly with potentially detrimental con sequences. Reports predict that if trends continue the Christian community of Bethlehem, a city that provides a model for a multi faith Middle East, may be unsustainable within one generation. Leila’s plan to stay a year stretches to seven, and is only resolved when she realizes that, sometimes, the biggest dreams take flight from the smallest places.

OPEN BETHLEHEM is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material. In fact the making of this film has led to the creation of the largest visual archive of Bethlehem in the world and plans are currently being discussed with University College London (UCL) to turn the collection into a museum.

While telling a personal story, the film charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to the Middle East. As the credits roll, there is snow over Bethlehem. Leila has stayed long enough to realize that she is home for good and her battered little family car takes to the sky. Sometimes, if you want to fight for a better world, you may have to work miracles!

Support Us – Organise a Screening
It is very easy to support us. Please spend some time inviting your friends and those with influence in your community if you hear of a local screening. We are working to bring the film to as many cities and communities as we can in the UK. You can also organise your own screening. We very much welcome your input and initiative. Whether you can persuade your local cinema to screen the film, or you want to organise a viewing at a university or church or school, we are eager to hear from you. Organise a screening now!

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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

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Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

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