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Open Bethlehem film screenings
Film director Leila Sansour has made this remarkable film about her home town, Bethlehem. Having left the city as a teenager, she returned to make a film about the town in crises, encircled by the Israeli wall…what happens next is the story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town.
The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material.
“A fierce and heartfelt plea against the incarceration of a city”.
“One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen, about this unreported story. The tragedy of the Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one town – Bethlehem. See the film, then go to Bethlehem and see for yourself.” Jon Snow
Film of the Week- The Guardian
Venues and dates of screenings nationwide can be found on the Open Bethlehem website
Tues June 2nd
In conversation with Susan Abulhawa
Susan Abulhawa, acclaimed author of Mornings in Jenin will be reading from her new novel The Blue Between Sky and Water, before answering questions from the audience.
Chaired by author and academic Rachel Holmes. Rachel took part in the Palestinian Festival of Literature and her latest book Eleanor Marx: A Life was published in 2014.
This event is free of charge – Advance registration necessary (venue details will be confirmed upon registration): palestinecampaign.org/events/susan-abulhawa
Susan Abulhawa is a Palestinian author, human rights activist and her second novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water, is published by Bloomsbury on 4th June. Mornings in Jenin, Susan’s hugely acclaimed debut novel, has sold half a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 26 languages.
Copies of The Blue Between Sky and Water will be on sale at the event and the author will be on hand to sign your copy.
Presented by SOAS Palestine Society, Bloomsbury Press and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Doors 6pm, event start 6.30pm.
Thurs June 4 – June 21st
Organisations and individuals from across Oxford will be hosting the city’s first festival to celebrate Palestinian life and culture. Entitled ‘Palestine Unlocked’, the festival will run from Thursday 4 June to Sunday 21 June in a range of city venues from Pegasus Theatre in East Oxford to Barefoot Books in Summertown including the Phoenix Picturehouse, several Oxford churches and colleges, the Town Hall and Bonn Square. Find out more about the events here. Even more events will be added soon, so do ensure you visit again!
Saturday June 6th
Stall at Norwich Peace Camp & Peace Cycle, Norwich Forum Millennium Plain
Thursday May 21st
Fringe event for Brighton Festival