Open Bethlehem

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Shot over five years the film captures the city of Bethlehem as it has never been seen before. This is an emotional journey of one woman’s fight for her hometown.

Once a thriving multicultural city, where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in harmony for centuries, Bethlehem has been economically isolated for decades and is now being completely choked by the construction of the eight-metre high Separation Wall - twice the height of the Berlin Wall. Using archive footage as well as contemporary interviews, the film shows the ‘little town’ struggling to survive, through the eyes of one of its oldest Christian families. Channel Four News presenter Jon Snow, described the film as: “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. See the film, then go to Bethlehem and see for yourself.” (subtitles)