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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 96 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2016
Available in French: Yes

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. The enormous wall and ongoing Israeli settlements are strangling the city. Leila Sansour'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, named Open Bethlehem, to compel international action to bring peace to the Middle East.

"Ghetto walls are strangling Bethlehem. But this hard, vivid, and personal film shows its spirit and message can still touch the heart and renew the promise of a struggle that will not be defeated. Highly recommended for college courses focused on Arab-Israeli relations, religious freedom, or comparative ethnopolitical conflict." - Dr. Ian Lustick, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, Author, Unsettled States, Disputed Lands

DVD Features
Language Options: English, French
SDH Captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection.

Audience Award, Boston Palestine Film Festival

Screened at:
Cambridge Film Festival
Dubai International Film Festival
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Toronto Palestine Film Festival 

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