Open Bethlehem

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Director: Leila Sansour | Countries of production: Palestine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States | Year: 2014 | Length: 90 min
Language: English, French with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Bethlehem-born Leila Sansour returns to her childhood home to make a deeply personal film about a legendary town in crisis.

But just few months into the project, her life and the film take an unexpected turn when Leila’s cousin Carol, her last relative in town, persuades her to stay and start a campaign to save the city from irredeemable separation.

“One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen, about this unreported story. The tragedy of the Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one family and one town- Bethlehem. See the film, then go to Bethlehem and see for yourself.”
Jon Snow

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