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Voices from the Holy Land Films: Gaza: A Gaping Wound and Bethlehem: Hidden from View
St. John’s next film screening in our Voices From the Holy Land documentary series takes place on Sunday, March 11 at 2:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We will feature two short films, Gaza: A Gaping Wound and Bethlehem: Hidden from View.
Gaza: A Gaping Wound (2015) was directed by Anne Paq, a French photographer and videographer, and Ala Qandil, a Palestinian-Polish journalist. Their project gives voice to ten Gaza families who lost three or more members of their immediate family during the 2014 Israeli military offensive on Gaza, which lasted 51 days. In addition to telling the stories of these ten families – among over 140 who lost three or more family members during Israel’s Operation “Protective Edge”- the film provides historical, social, and political context about the Gaza Strip.
Bethlehem: Hidden from View (2008) was directed and produced by Tim and Mairi Neeves and presented by Garth Hewitt, a troubadour and associate priest. This film focuses primarily on the impact of Israel’s “separation wall” on the “little town” of Bethlehem and its Christian community, “living stones” of the Gospel. The documentary includes interviews with Israeli activist Jeff Halper, Canon Naim Ateek (Rector Sari Ateek’s father), Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence, and Pastor Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Lutheran.
In addition to Bethlehem, the film looks at neighboring Hebron, and encroaching settlements in the area, seen mostly through the eyes of local Palestinian Christians and Israeli activists. The producers portray the film as a wake-up call to the worldwide church to be aware of their Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters, struggling for their survival, and to respond with support.
Imam Tarif Shraim of the Islamic Cultural Center of Potomac will deliver an invocation before the films, and our co-moderators, Zeina Azzam of the Arab Center Washington DC and Liana Smith of Jewish Voice for Peace, will answer questions and guide a participatory discussion afterward.
Please visit www.voicesfromtheholyland.org for more information.