Little Town of Bethlehem
Come face to face with the courageous struggle for a nonviolent solution to the crisis that has torn Palestinians and Israelis apart. Little Town of Bethlehem, is a bold documentary by award-winning director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green. It shares the gripping story of how three men born into the cycle of violence have chosen to risk everything to bring peace to their homelands. Sami and Ahmad are Palestinians, one is a Christian, the other a Muslim; and Yonatan is an Israeli Jew. Independently they find inspiration through the example of Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Mahatma Gandhi’s sacrificial commitment to equality. At great personal cost they have joined together in a heroic and dangerous cause.
In the city of Bethlehem, where it is said that God became man, these men stand side by side with those whose only desire is to be treated as equals, as fellow human beings. Their story brings the possibility of real hope to this embattled region and provides a model for resolution of hostilities throughout the world.
Winner of The Chris Statuette (Columbus International Film + Video Festival), the Reel Rose Award (Pope John Paul II Film Festival), and Best Oklahoma Film Award (deadCENTER Film Festival). Written and directed by award-winning director Jim Hanon (End of the Spear, Beyond the Gates of Splendor, The Grandfathers, Miss HIV). The DVD includes music videos in English and Arabic and director’s commentaries on the story and music. French and Spanish subtitles. Rated PG-13. Approximately 77 minutes.
This documentary film is an ideal resource for university peace and conflict studies programs, as well as screening events and panel discussions centered around the topics of peace, nonviolence, equality, humanity, and conflict resolution.