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Open Bethlehem (trailer)

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This documentary is a personal story filmed over four critical years in the life of Bethlehem, as it is being encircled by a 24-foot concrete wall. Leila Sansour, the filmmaker, was born and spent much of her life in the city. She left it as a teenager, pledging never to return. But in 2004 she went home for Christmas. That journey changed her life.

Open Bethlehem is "a big film about a little town", but also a movement. The movement welcomes people to become ambassadors of Bethlehem and to carry a symbolic passport of the city. The intention is to raise awareness about the current situation of a city that is cultural and religious heritage to much of the world, and to open discussion and open hearts to find different ways to live and share our world.  

www.openbethlehem.org
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Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

 

Our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Over the last 15 years, we've reviewed and curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world.

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