10 years on – the illegal Wall: Share our film

10 years since the Wall was declared illegal.

As part of our Bethlehem Unwrapped festival
we commissioned film-maker Tom Pursey to record all aspects of the event – from the construction (and subsequent public impact) of the 8m high life size replica WALL that was built in front of St James’s Piccadilly, through to all the live events that spanned our two week festival.

We are releasing our short film to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the declaration in 2004 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague (a UN body) that the barrier being built around the West Bank was illegal and should be pulled down.

We hope you enjoy the film – do feel free to share the link


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And if you would like to take action, War on Want has a petition asking the British government to live up to its obligations under the International Court of Justice advisory opinion:

Best Wishes
Deborah, Justin, Ho-Chih and all at Tipping Point

PS Some news links from the time of the judgement 9th July 2004

Film Launch and Auction of Bethlehem Unwrapped

Film Launch and Auction of Bethlehem Unwrapped

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In beautiful surroundings of St Luke’s Church, north London, on Wednesday 4 June at 7.30pm, 90 guests joined us for the premiere of our short documentary about the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival at St James’s Church Piccadilly last Christmas. There was also an auction of the graffitied Wall panels – a historic snapshot of when the Wall came to London.

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Justin Butcher, Creative Director of the Bethlehem Unwrapped gave a lovely introduction and update on the ongoing activities of the Bethlehem Unwrapped. We then showed all the content that was projected onto the Wall during the festival and premiered the Bethlehem Unwrapped documentary by Tom Pursey. It was fun, inspiring and moving, and received excellent response from the audience. Zaytoun CIC (artisan Palestinian produce) provided light refreshments during the break.

People from St James’s Church Piccadilly came and did entertaining readings from the visitors book and some of the thousands of emails that were sent in during and after the festival.

Lastly we had the auction – we sold a lot of panels.

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BUT some still remain! If you’re interested to know more about the remaining lots we’d be delighted to share more with you. Email deborah@tippingpointfilmfund.com.

LOTS (Approx size per panel – 8ft x 4ft)

  1. “Peace Camel” (Large)
  2. “We Love Peace” (smaller single panel)
  3. “God Loves You” (smaller single panel)
  4. “The Key” (large single panel)
  5. “End This” (single panel)
  6. “The Writing is on the Wall” (R/H panel of 2)
  7. “No More Walls” – (2 panels)
  8. “Libra Palastina” (L/H panel of 3)

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All in all, it was a great night. We thank all the people who helped make this happen. We also would like to express our gratitude to those wonderful people who contributed – all proceeds from the event will go to the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem.

“Bethlehem Unwrapped” WALL comes down – photos & videos

“Bethlehem Unwrapped” WALL comes down – photos & videos

Dear friends,

After two incredible weeks, our ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’ festival hosted by St James’s Church Piccadilly came to end on the 5th January and the replica WALL finally came down. Between December 23rd and January 5th, thousands came to see it and many came to write on it. The vast majority wrote messages of peace and solidarity while small number wrote in favour of the real separation wall. Messages were written in many languages and by British and international visitors alike.

The WALL also hosted film projections – including specially commissioned animated images by Treatment Studios; paintings by children from the Dar Al-Kalima School in Bethlehem (also exhibited inside St James’s); One World’s song ‘Freedom for Palestine’ and two video art pieces from internationally recognised Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour, Run Lara Run, Happy Days and A Space Exodus (for more of her extraordinary work, visit www.larissasansour.com)

The ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’ festival programme included a wonderful line up of artists across spoken word, comedy, film, cuisine, debate and music – Rafeef Ziadah, Harry Baker and Bridget Minamore; Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy and Dave Cohen; Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi; Jeff Halper and Leila Sansour; Adjoa Andoh and Yasmin Alibhai Brown; The Tallis Scholars and Nigel Kennedy – all performing to sell-out audiences. And inside St James’s Church we also had a mini-film programme of documentaries which included ‘Portrait of Bethlehem’ – photographs old and new from Planet Bethlehem Archive/Leila Sansour.

So, for all this, we send a HUGE thank-you to all the performers who took part and without whom we would not have had the wonderful two weeks that made up ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’.

And those performers and contributors would also join us in recognizing the courage and commitment of St. James’s Rector Lucy Winkett, the clergy, wardens, PCC, staff and congregation to hosting a project that was always going to be perceived  (by some anyway) as a controversial one.

Tipping Point North South (of which TPFF is an activity) was proud to be a lead partner on ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’ – the brainchild of Tipping Point co-founder Justin Butcher. He pulled together an extraordinary team to make the event happen, from the WALL design and build team to the events programming and production management; from commissioning animation and film projections for the WALL to social media, press and PR. Together with everyone at St James’s, our wonderful production team forged close partnerships with our partner organisations including ICAHD, Amos Trust, Zaytoun and War on Want.

We’ve made a small selection of some of the reviews, articles and blogs about ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’. Meantime, our launch clip on the Bethlehem Unwrapped youtube channel continues to be viewed – up to 60k so far. Below are links to this as well as our specially commissioned ‘Wall’ projections. (Special thanks to our photographer Hannah Barton and Tom Pursey our film recordist).

Here is hoping that the Palestinian people will see progress, somehow, in this New Year 2014.

Best wishes,
Deborah, Justin, Ho-Chih and Jen

Bethlehem Unwrapped is presented by St James’s Church, Piccadilly, in association with Amos Trust, Holy Land Trust, Interpal, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) UK, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, P21 Gallery, Tipping Point North South, War on Want & Zaytoun CIC.

Tipping Point North South is a co-operative that supports and initiates creative, campaign-driven projects that advance the global social justice agenda, through its Film Fund and other activities.