Open Bethlehem (Director Leila Sansour in Attendance!)

A big film about a small town.

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Monday, September 26 for a very special screening of director Leila Sansour‘s acclaimed documentary Operation Bethlehem, which follows the Palestinian filmmaker’s extraordinary journey to the legendary city of Bethlehem, the place where she grew up. Armed with a camera and a family car that keeps breaking down, she sets out to make an intimate portrait of a historical town in peril. Five years on, with 700 hours of footage, the result is nothing like she had expected.

Filmmaker Leila Sansour will be in attendance for the screening, and will participate in a Q&A following the film. The discussion will be moderated by journalist Hadani Ditmars, the author of Dancing in the No Fly Zone and the upcoming Between Two Rivers: a Journey Through the Ancient Heart of Iraq. Ms. Ditmars has been reporting from Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Iraq and elsewhere in the region for over two decades and first interviewed Leila Sansour for a CBC Dispatches documentary on Christians in the holy land.

Guests welcome to arrive early for a pre-screening reception in the lobby of the Rio Theatre.

Monday, September 26
Doors / Reception 5:30 pm | Movie 6:30 pm
Tickets $13 advance HERE | $15 door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Sorry, Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.

“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!”

 

 

 

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