Open Bethlehem
Open Bethlehem

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.

Year: 2014

Time: 1.5 hours

Watch the film’s trailer: https://youtu.be/aivDpXxMhaA

Visit the film’s website: http://www.openbethlehem.org/the_film.html

Watch the film here: http://www.openbethlehem.org/watch-our-films-online.html

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