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Operation Bethlehem (2014)

Open Bethlehem is a 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.


Leila Sansour


Leila Sansour


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Leila Sansour Leila Sansour ... (voice)


Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her hometown, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. She never wanted to return but this time she is making an exception. She intends her film to be a tribute to her late father, founder of Bethlehem University, and a man regarded as a hero by his town's folk. As Bethlehem approaches ruin, her decision to flee this sleepy town, taken much to her father's regret, comes to haunt her. Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Leila plans to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis but just few months into filming her life and the film take an unexpected turn when cousin Carol, Leila's last relative in town, persuades her to stay to start a campaign to save the city. As the pair launch Open Bethlehem Leila finds herself trapped behind a wall in the very place she so much wanted to leave. The face ...

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bethlehem | f rated | palestine | See All (3) »


A Big Film About a Small Town



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English | French

Release Date:

December 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Iambic Dream See more »
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16:9 HD
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