Open Bethlehem Film Trailer

Open Bethlehem

Open Bethlehem

Iambic Dream Films is thrilled to present a film that Jon Snow calls: “One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen. The tragedy of the Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one town – Bethlehem.”

“Open Bethlehem” follows Palestinian director Leila Sansour’s extraordinary journey to the legendary city of Bethlehem, the place where she grew up. Armed with a camera and a family car that keeps breaking down, she sets out to make an intimate portrait of a historical town in peril. Ten years on, with 700 hours of footage, the result is nothing like she had expected.

The film tells the story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans ten momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. The film draws from hundreds of hours of original footage and some rare archive material. In fact, the making of this film has led to the creation of the largest visual archive of Bethlehem in the world and plans are currently being discussed to turn the collection into a museum.

While telling a personal story, “Open Bethlehem” charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to the Middle East. As the credits roll, there is snow over Bethlehem. Leila has stayed long enough to realize that she is home for good and her battered little family car takes to the sky. Sometimes, if you want to fight for a better world, you may have to work miracles!

To learn more about the film and the campaign, please visit www.openbethlehem.org.

Sep

13

Montreal French Language Film Premiere

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour at Cinema du Parc, 3575 av. du Parc, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P9, Canada
Time: 7 PM

Sep

18

Montreal English Language Film Premiere

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour at MAI, 3680 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2K5, Canada
Time: 2:30 PM

Sep

18

2nd Montreal English Language Film Screening

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour at MAI, 3680 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2K5, Canada
Time: 5:30 PM

Sep

24

Toronto Film Premiere

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour at TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 2 305 King Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 1J5 Canada
Time: 7 PM

Jul

28

Upcoming Screenings

More Upcoming Screenings

Apr

26

Screening at Rialto Cinema, Amsterdam

Second Open Bethlehem Screening for Festival du Cinema Arabe at Rialto Cinema Amsterdam
Time : 13:15

Apr

24

Screening at Rialto Cinema, Amsterdam

Open Bethlehem Screening for Festival du Cinema Arabe at Rialto Cinema Amsterdam
Time : 14:30

Apr

18

Screening at All Saints Church in Esher

Screening of Open Bethlehem at All Saints Weston Green Church, Surrey, followed by a Q&A with director Leila Sansour
Time: 7:00 PM

Apr

12

Screening at Sheffield Showroom Cinema

Screening of Open Bethlehem at Showroom Workstation, Sheffield, followed by a Q&A with director Leila Sansour
Time: 15:30 PM

Jan

25

Reel Palestine Screening at A4 Space in Dubai

Open Bethlehem screening followed by a Q&A with the film's Executive Producer Waël Kabbani, Co-Founder of the Open Bethlehem Campaign Carol Sansour, and the film's Co-Producer Jumana Al Husseini
Time: 7:00 PM

Dec

23

Screening at ArtHouse Crouch End, London

Screening of Open Bethlehem at ArtHouse Crouch End, London, followed by a Q&A with director Leila Sansour and Yolande Knell - BBC Middle East Correspondent in the West Bank & Gaza
Time: 5:15 PM

Dec

23

Screening at Chichester Cinema at New Park in Chichester

Screening of Open Bethlehem at Chichester at New Park in Chichester
Time: 1:30 PM

Dec

22

Screening at ArtHouse Crouch End, London

Screening of Open Bethlehem at ArtHouse Crouch End, London
Time: 8:45 PM

Dec

20

Screening at Chichester Cinema at New Park in Chichester

Screening of Open Bethlehem at Chichester at New Park in Chichester
Time: 9:30 PM

Dec

19

Screening at Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton, London

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director Leila Sansour, Jeremy Hardy & Adjoa Andoh, hosted by Tipping Point Film Fund
Time: 6:00 PM

Dec

18

Screening at Cinema City in Norwich, England

Screening of Open Bethlehem at Cinema City
Time: 6:15 PM

Dec

16

Palestine Film Festival Screening at Watershed Bristol in Bristol

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director
Time: 6:00 PM

Dec

15

Screening at Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford, England

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director
Time: 5:45 PM

Dec

14

Screening at Eden Court in Inverness, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Leila Sansour & John Glenday, Chaired by Simon Bateson
Time: 3:00 PM

Dec

13

Screening at Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director, chaired by Simon Bateson
Time: 8:00 PM

Dec

13

Screening at DCA in Dundee, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director, chaired by Simon Bateson
Time: 2:30 PM

Dec

12

Screening at Glasgow Film Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director and Kathy Galloway, chaired by Irvine Welsh, at Glasgow Film Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland
Time: 6:00 PM

Dec

11

Screening at Filmhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director & Paul Laverty, chaired by Lee Randell
Time: 6 PM

Dec

10

Screening at The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director at Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
Time: 5:45 PM

Dec

09

Screening at Rio Cinema, Dalston

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema, Dalston
Time: 6:30 PM

Interview

Open Bethlehem Film Trailer

Sep

13

Montreal French Language Film Premiere

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour at Cinema du Parc, 3575 av. du Parc, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P9, Canada
Time: 7 PM

Sep

18

Montreal English Language Film Premiere

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour at MAI, 3680 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2K5, Canada
Time: 2:30 PM

Sep

18

2nd Montreal English Language Film Screening

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour at MAI, 3680 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2K5, Canada
Time: 5:30 PM

Sep

24

Toronto Film Premiere

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Director Leila Sansour at TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 2 305 King Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 1J5 Canada
Time: 7 PM

Jul

28

Upcoming Screenings

More Upcoming Screenings

Apr

26

Screening at Rialto Cinema, Amsterdam

Second Open Bethlehem Screening for Festival du Cinema Arabe at Rialto Cinema Amsterdam
Time : 13:15

Apr

24

Screening at Rialto Cinema, Amsterdam

Open Bethlehem Screening for Festival du Cinema Arabe at Rialto Cinema Amsterdam
Time : 14:30

Apr

18

Screening at All Saints Church in Esher

Screening of Open Bethlehem at All Saints Weston Green Church, Surrey, followed by a Q&A with director Leila Sansour
Time: 7:00 PM

Apr

12

Screening at Sheffield Showroom Cinema

Screening of Open Bethlehem at Showroom Workstation, Sheffield, followed by a Q&A with director Leila Sansour
Time: 15:30 PM

Jan

25

Reel Palestine Screening at A4 Space in Dubai

Open Bethlehem screening followed by a Q&A with the film's Executive Producer Waël Kabbani, Co-Founder of the Open Bethlehem Campaign Carol Sansour, and the film's Co-Producer Jumana Al Husseini
Time: 7:00 PM

Dec

23

Screening at ArtHouse Crouch End, London

Screening of Open Bethlehem at ArtHouse Crouch End, London, followed by a Q&A with director Leila Sansour and Yolande Knell - BBC Middle East Correspondent in the West Bank & Gaza
Time: 5:15 PM

Dec

23

Screening at Chichester Cinema at New Park in Chichester

Screening of Open Bethlehem at Chichester at New Park in Chichester
Time: 1:30 PM

Dec

22

Screening at ArtHouse Crouch End, London

Screening of Open Bethlehem at ArtHouse Crouch End, London
Time: 8:45 PM

Dec

20

Screening at Chichester Cinema at New Park in Chichester

Screening of Open Bethlehem at Chichester at New Park in Chichester
Time: 9:30 PM

Dec

19

Screening at Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton, London

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director Leila Sansour, Jeremy Hardy & Adjoa Andoh, hosted by Tipping Point Film Fund
Time: 6:00 PM

Dec

18

Screening at Cinema City in Norwich, England

Screening of Open Bethlehem at Cinema City
Time: 6:15 PM

Dec

16

Palestine Film Festival Screening at Watershed Bristol in Bristol

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director
Time: 6:00 PM

Dec

15

Screening at Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford, England

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director
Time: 5:45 PM

Dec

14

Screening at Eden Court in Inverness, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with Leila Sansour & John Glenday, Chaired by Simon Bateson
Time: 3:00 PM

Dec

13

Screening at Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director, chaired by Simon Bateson
Time: 8:00 PM

Dec

13

Screening at DCA in Dundee, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director, chaired by Simon Bateson
Time: 2:30 PM

Dec

12

Screening at Glasgow Film Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director and Kathy Galloway, chaired by Irvine Welsh, at Glasgow Film Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland
Time: 6:00 PM

Dec

11

Screening at Filmhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director & Paul Laverty, chaired by Lee Randell
Time: 6 PM

Dec

10

Screening at The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director at Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
Time: 5:45 PM

Dec

09

Screening at Rio Cinema, Dalston

Screening of Open Bethlehem followed by a Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema, Dalston
Time: 6:30 PM