Previously at the ICA - Films

Leila Sansour, Bethlehem, 2013

Open Bethlehem + Q&A

5 Mar 2015

"A fierce and heartfelt plea against the incarceration of a city." The Guardian

"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 town - Bethlehem. See the film, then go to Bethlehem and see for yourself." Jon Snow

"Undeniably potent and poignant." Radio Times

This screening will feature a post-show Q&A on the plight of this small middle eastern  town and its implications to international politics with director Leila Sansour, hosted by author Louisa Young.

Leila Sansour returned to Bethlehem, the town where she grew up, with a camera and small crew. She was shocked and saddened by what she found. Arriving as the Israeli government was building a massive wall separating the already denuded Palestinian city from its heavily settled Jewish neighbours, she witnessed the high levels of repression and despair the wall caused among the townsfolk.

From dirt-poor farmers whose olive groves were cut down, to families whose homes were literally torn apart to make way for the wall, the reactions of those affected are unflinchingly recorded. Yet as a background to the intractable conflict and aided by archive footage, Sansour’s film also observes the deep spirituality that is Bethlehem’s enduring legacy.

Bethlehem, dir. Leila Sansour, Palestine/UK 2013, 90 mins.

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