Leila Sansour | Palestine | 2014 | doc | 90′ | DCP | Arabic, English | English subtitles
In 1983, Leila Sansour left Bethlehem. She was seventeen and wanted to escape the stifling atmosphere of a small city under Israeli military rule. In 2004 she returns to make a documentary about the holy place where myth and tragic reality converge. At the time of Sansour’s return, the Israeli army is building the infamous wall of separation in Bethlehem. The film is meant to be a tribute to Sansour’s deceased father, who devoted his life to the multi-religious city. She sets aside a year for it. Then her cousin Carol convinces her to start an international campaign for peace: Open Bethlehem. After a flying start, Sansour literally comes up against the wall. Melancholic, loving ode to a broken city.
Director Leila Sansour will be present at the festival.