Little Town of Bethlehem
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List Price: $19.95. This award-winning documentary captures the story of three men born into violence who now risk everything to find a path to peace through non-violent resistance. Sami is a Palestinian Christian, Ahmad a Palestinian Muslim, and Yonatan an Israeli Jew. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, each learned that peace is possible when adversaries discover the humanity in one another. This film offers a model for conflict resolution that reaches far beyond the Holy Land. Winner of the 2011 Reel Rose (Pope John Paul II Film Festival) and Best Oklahoma Film (deadCENTER Film Festival) awards. Written and directed by award-winning director Jim Hanon (End of the Spear, Beyond the Gates of Splendor, The Grandfathers, Miss HIV). Visit http://LittleTownofBethlehem.org to learn more.
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I must be transparent, however, and say that I do know Sami Awad and admire him greatly, but I don't think that makes my positive review of this film tainted somehow. Sami has a truly inspiring story that can give each of us hope and an example to follow, as do the others in this story.
The film is very focused on non-violence, but of course it is also focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict as that is the context of each of the characters. So, while I wouldn't list it as a definitive resource on understanding the conflict, I would consider it a critical one full of important insight and, significantly, hope.
The one other comment I would make is that I am truly grateful for this film and it distribution in the West as it finally gives an excellent narrative for non-violent Islam. I myself am a Christian, but having grown up with Muslims I am so frustrated at the phobic caricatures of Islam I constantly hear and see in the US.
All this is to say that this is an excellent film that I cannot recommend. Please watch it and pass it on.
And in interest of complete disclosure, I actually paid for my copy before I realized freebies might have been available in exchange for a written review, i.e. some others in this thread;-).
Since the Palestinians are the oppressed they have the difficult job of leading in the peaceful resistance to the occupation these three men are leading the way.
I thought this was an interesting topic and, having recently been intrigued by other documentaries, was interested to watch this one. The film is a little slow at the beginning and was a little hard to follow throughout. However, after a little while, I felt like I was able to follow along a little more easily - although the story never really got off the ground. The three men brought different and unique perspectives to the table. They talked a lot about the difficulties that they faced, but were fairly matter-of-fact about these things. I did like the "insider's view" that the film presented and felt like I got past the tourist vantage point. It would have been helpful for me to have had a better grasp of the history of the conflicts in the Middle East over the past 30-40 years before watching this movie. If the goal is to bring awareness, I felt it assumed a good bit of previous knowledge and understanding. It probably would have been helpful for me to watch this with someone and discuss as we watched.
I received a free copy of this film from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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