Guardian Review: Why ‘Open Bethlehem’ is the one film you should see this week

Guardian Review: Why ‘Open Bethlehem’ is the one film you should see this week

Dear Friends,

The cinema release of Open Bethlehem will kickstart tomorrow December 5th at Genesis Cinema in London. The full listing of screenings in December can be found here. Book your tickets now to watch the Guardian’s ‘must-see film’ of the week:


“Leila Sansour’s documentary Open Bethlehem follows her campaign to stop occupying Israeli forces encircling her hometown with a concrete wall. Sansour’s film, which follows her attempts to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in their desire for free access to the Holy City, is the kind of art that peace processes are built on.”      Peter Bradshaw
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An authentic Christmas film in cinemas this December

An authentic Christmas film in cinemas this December

Dear Friends,

Open Bethlehem UK cinema release December 2014
(Apologies for any cross posting!)

This film is a very personal ‘Bethlehem story’ which encompasses the history of, as well as the present-day reality for, the town of Bethlehem and its citizens as they cope with life under occupation. It is a film about family, adversity, hope and, of course, Christmas.

So, if you want to see an authentic Christmas film this year, Open Bethlehem (trailer) is for you.

“One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen. The tragedy
of the Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one town, Bethlehem”  Jon Snow

Picturehouse cinemas will be screening Leila Sansour’s film Open Bethlehem across the UK, beginning on December 5th. To book, select your cinema here.
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An authentic Christmas film in cinemas this December

Dear Friends,

Open Bethlehem UK cinema release December 2014
(Apologies for any cross posting!)

This film is a very personal ‘Bethlehem story’ which encompasses the history of, as well as the present-day reality for, the town of Bethlehem and its citizens as they cope with life under occupation. It is a film about family, adversity, hope and, of course, Christmas.

So, if you want to see an authentic Christmas film this year, Open Bethlehem (trailer) is for you.

“One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen. The tragedy
of the Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one town, Bethlehem”  Jon Snow

Picturehouse cinemas will be screening Leila Sansour’s film Open Bethlehem across the UK, beginning on December 5th. To book, select your cinema here.

18.30pm, 05 Dec, MILE END, Genesis Cinema, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
15.45pm, 06 Dec, YORK, Picturehouse Screening
15.00pm, 07 Dec, KENSAL RISE, Lexi Cinema, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
18.00pm, 08 Dec, CROUCH END, Arthouse Crouch End, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour & Jeremy Hardy
09 Dec, DALSTON, Rio Cinema, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour EVE, TBC
17.45pm, 10 Dec, EAST FINCHLEY, The Phoenix Cinema, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
18.00pm, 11 Dec, EDINBURGH, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour & Paul Laverty, chaired by Lee Randell
18.00pm, 12 Dec, GLASGOW, Glasgow Film Theatre, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour & Kathy Galloway, chaired by Irvine Welsh
14.00pm, 13 Dec, DUNDEE, DCA, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour chaired by Simon Bateson
20.00pm, 13 Dec, ABERDEEN, Belmont Filmhouse, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour chaired by Simon Bateson
15.00pm, 14 Dec, INVERNESS, Eden Court Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour & John Glenday, chaired by Simon Bateson
17.45pm, 15 Dec, OXFORD, Phoenix Picturehouse, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
18.00pm, 16 Dec, BRISTOL, Watershed, Bristol Palestine Film Festival – screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
18.15pm, 18 Dec, NORWICH, Cinema City, Screening
18.00pm, 19 Dec, BRIXTON, Ritzy Picturehouse, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour, Jeremy Hardy & Adjoa Andoh

TPFF will host screenings at The Lexi and The Ritzy

And if you’d like to organise your own screening, you can do this via ourscreen.com.

Finally, below are some vox pops from our sell-out September preview screening at the Royal Geographical Society.

We hope to see you at one of the events!

Best wishes

Deborah & Leila

Terrific response from audience at RGS preview screening with Melvyn Bragg

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Open Bethlehem at the Royal Geographical Society with Melvyn Bragg

Open Bethlehem at the Royal Geographical Society with Melvyn Bragg

Leila Sansour’s film Open Bethlehem was previewed to a sell-out audience of 720 at London’s Royal Geographical Society. It was an incredible evening – MPs and activists; academics and media all joined with many leading Palestinian figures and hundreds of members of the general public in giving the film and Leila, a standing ovation.

Key to the film and the outreach is the message that – to keep Bethlehem truly ‘open’ – we need people to visit the town, to see for the themselves – and to use independent travel companies to do this. So, we were delighted to welcome more than a dozen independent tour operators to be represented, including McCabe Pilgrimages, who part funded the film.

Melvyn Bragg interviewed Leila after the film and this was followed by a Q&A with the audience . Amongst other things, Leila was keen to share the plans for the campaign of the same name – Open Bethlehem – which has the Bethlehem passport at its heart.
It was the most energising start possible to the film’s release in the UK, later this year.

For more information about the passport:

Here is the brochure of the event [pdf].

And the first UK Bethehem Passport Ambassador’s Seminar is scheduled for 8th November 2014, at Amos Trust, St Clement’s Eastcheap, 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB. Clink this link to contact Open Bethlehem Campaign for more information, or: phone +44(0)20 372 5349 or email admin@openbethlehem.org

Here are some of the tweets during the event: https://storify.com/mrwoodpigeon/open-bethlehem

Open Bethlehem UK preview at the Royal Geographical Society

Open Bethlehem UK preview at the Royal Geographical Society

open bethlehem RGS

In September 2014, Leila Sansour’s film Open Bethlehem was previewed to a sell-out audience of 720 at London’s Royal Geographical Society. Since then, the film has screened across the UK and Ireland; the Middle East; Canada and USA and in Moscow also. For more information visit http://www.openbethlehem.org/

The opening night preview at the RGS was an incredible evening – MPs and activists; academics and media all joined with many leading Palestinian figures and hundreds of members of the general public in giving the film and Leila, a standing ovation.
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Open Bethlehem at the Royal Geographical Society with Melvyn Bragg

open bethlehem RGS

Leila Sansour’s film Open Bethlehem was previewed to a sell-out audience of 720 at London’s Royal Geographical Society. It was an incredible evening – MPs and activists; academics and media all joined with many leading Palestinian figures and hundreds of members of the general public in giving the film and Leila, a standing ovation.
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