An invitation to Open Bethlehem

By Simon Barrow
March 17, 2009

Could challenging the imprisonment of Bethlehem serve as a window into the wider problems and solutions for Palestine and Israel?

Filmmaker Leila Sansour, founder of Open Bethlehem, will present an evening of film, strategy and debate at Amnesty International UK's Human Rights Action Centre from 7.00 - 8.30pm on Tuesday 31 March 2009, at 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

Sansour will talk about the work of her media campaign, Open Bethlehem, and present extracts from her new epic film, now in the making.

The panel will also include Dr Beverley Butler, senior professor at University College London and advisor to the Palestinian Authority and UNESCO on national museum policy; and Paul Hilder, campaign director of Avaaz who helped found, edited Peace Fire: Fragments from the Israeli Palestinian Story and has worked on the Middle East with Oxford Research Group (ORG).

The focus of the evening will be on films as vehicles for change. Those participating are invited to be part of this process by helping shape the vision for the new film's distribution and by supporting it in a variety of ways.

To find out more about Open Bethlehem, visit

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