This documentary is a personal story filmed over four critical years in the life of Bethlehem. This most famous little town also happens to be Leila Sansour’s hometown. She left it as a teenager, pledging never to return. But in 2004 she went home for Christmas. The journey changed her life. The film is shot over four Christmases in the life of Bethlehem as, piece-by-piece, hundreds of slabs of concrete are lowered into place to build a wall that will seal the city from the outside world. The story is told through the eyes of the film’s director. It is her own very personal story.
The Greenbelt preview of the film will take place on Saturday 25th August at 9pm at The FILM Venue. After the Screening, Tipping Point Film Fund’s co-founder Deborah Burton will introduce a Q&A with political comedian Jeremy Hardy and director Leila Sansour.
On Sunday 26th August at 12.30pm, the Road to Bethlehem team invite all Greenbelt visitors to a special Bethlehem ‘passport’ granting ceremony. The event will be captured on camera for inclusion in the film when it goes on national release in the UK and USA.
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Since 1974, the Greenbelt Festival has brought people together to explore faith, arts and justice issues. The festival runs from Friday 24th to Monday 27th August 2012.
Click on the link to see a taster of ‘The Road to Bethlehem’.