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Film Imagines Nonviolent Solutions to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Documentary Brings Awareness to Middle East's Growing Nonviolence Movement

September 21, 2010

The inspiring story of three men — a Palestinian Muslim, Christian and Israeli Jew — in a land gripped by centuries old fear, hatred and division is depicted the documentary Little Town of Bethlehem, which will be presented at Wilmington College Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., in Kelly Center.

The College’s Department of Social & Political Studies is sponsoring the film screening. There is no charge for the film, which carries a PG-13 rating.

The three men are expected to be enemies, but they instead choose nonviolence to find solutions to the conflict.

Filmed on location in the West Bank, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, Little Town of Bethlehem brings awareness to a growing nonviolence movement in the Middle East that seldom makes international headlines.

The film dares to imagine that peace is possible between Israel and Palestine in raising the question “How will the cycle of violence be finally broken?”

Sami Awad is a Palestinian Christian whose grandfather was killed in Jerusalem in 1948. Today, he is the executive director of Holy Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes Palestinian independence through peaceful means.

Yonatan Shapira is an Israeli Jew whose grandparents were Zionist settlers that witnessed the birth of Israel. Today, he is an outspoken advocate for the nonviolence movement, both in his homeland and abroad.

Ahmad Al'Azzah is a Palestinian Muslim that has lived his entire life in the Azzah refugee camp in Bethlehem. Today, Ahmad heads the nonviolence program at Holy Land Trust, where he trains others in the methods of peaceful activism.

Little Town of Bethlehem respectfully shares the incredible stories of Sami, Yonatan and Ahmad.

During their individual interviews, all three men reference both Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, connecting the Israeli/Palestinian struggle with other historical nonviolence movements that have resulted in the expansion of human rights.

Little Town of Bethlehem was produced by EthnoGraphic Media (EGM), an educational nonprofit organization exploring the critical issues of our time.